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Border of Georgian fears2011-05-27 16:36
This week mass media reported that Georgia is closing the border with South Ossetia bringing special forces units to the state border. Tbilisi refutes the information referring to Russia's military build-up in the near-border district and Moscow's alleged involvement in protest rallies now booming throughout Sakartvelo. What is Mikheil Saakashvili so feared of?
Border closure was reported earlier this week. Pavel Kumaritov, head of the administration of Dzaus district of South Ossetia told that Sakartvelo authorities had blocked the road between villages of Sinagur district disallowing local residents to cross the border. "A few days ago Kutaissi special operations force of the Georgian Ministry of Interior entered the territory adjacent to South Ossetia and the road was blocked", - Caucasian Knot quotes. - All villagers that were going to Georgia were brought back". Kumaritov suggests that this demarche of Georgian authorities is caused by refusal of Sinagur residents to succumb to anti-Ossetian propaganda.
Later the information on special forces appearing in Georgian villages was confirmed by Alan Jussoev, head of the Leningor district administration. However, he says, local population colligates this decision with mass unrest in Tbilisi and Batumi, Correspondent.net reports.
However, official Tbilisi pretends (as usual) that all this is the fruit of imagination of Ossetians. "All checkpoints operate normally. No special or preventive measures have been taken", - head of the information and analytical department of the Georgian Ministry of Interior Shota Utiashvili said. Meanwhile, Grigol Katamadze, Georgian ambassador to Ukraine, states that last weekend Russian troops were brought near the Georgian border. "The latest events are very demonstrative. This is a serious external trace", - he said keeping in line with Georgian authorities that see "Moscow's trace" even in domestic protest rallies. - There is information that Russian troops stationed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia have been placed in operational readiness". The diplomat also added that it was unnecessary since Georgia "is not planning any special operations in these two regions".
Yet, the authorities have carried out one operation. A punitive, not special one.
Last night as a result of violent dispersion of the opposition in the center of Tbilisi two men died. Almost forty are now in hospitals with wounds of varying severity.
An assumption is that in a current situation Mikheil Saakashvili ordered his brave soldiers to "break the peace" on the border with South Ossetia and trigger a local conflict - in order to distract people from domestic problems. Why not: this could be perfectly in line with the concept of "external foe" that Mishiko imposes on people of Georgia.
By the way, today the leader of Sakartvelo stated that unrest in Tbilisi had been masterminded abroad. "I have information on intentions of the external forces concerning Georgia, - he is quoted on RBC. - These forces wanted to frustrate today's parade only to take revenge on our army that caused a most serious blow over the past 10 year to its enemy in the losing campaign of 2008. That is why now the occupant has chosen our armed forces and our country as a target".
As we see, Mishiko considers Moscow responsible for the unrest in Tbilisi. As if it wasn't for his policies that made Sakartvelo dependent on subsidies. Yet, is Saakashvili ready to repeat this military adventure?