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Elections in South Ossetia: Tbilisi’s empire syndrome2009-05-27 12:33
In the run-up to the parliamentary election in South Ossetia to be held on May 31 Georgia insists on their alleged illegality and non-recognition of results. Tskhinval has a reasoned reply.
"These elections will be illegal for everyone except Moscow as Russia acknowledged South Ossetia's independence; - Rosbalt quoted the head of political department of Georgia's Foreign Ministry Zurab Kachkachishvili on May 25. - The elections of May 31 will not change Georgia's and the world's attitude to this unrecognized republic".
The Georgian diplomat is trying to disorient everybody quite undiplomatically referring to South Ossetia as an "unrecognized" state. Following recognition of the South Caucasian republic by Russia (and Nicaragua) a decent diplomat would not resort to this word even if he wanted to present it as a fact.
The Southern neighbor's new outshoot provoked reaction of official Tskhinval. This is what South Ossetian Foreign Minister Murat Jioev replied to his Georgian colleague: "The parliamentary election will be held for the fifth time and is in line with the constitution of South Ossetia and the constitutional law on election of the republic's parliament deputies", - the ministry for press and mass communications of South Ossetia reports. - They are organized as a declaration of people's will and are absolutely transparent, open and democratic. These are Georgia's problems to recognize our elections or not. The main thing is they are recognized by South Ossetians". According to Jioev Kachkachishvili's statement is absolutely irrelevant to the current events. "I would like to stress that the Georgian Foreign Ministry officer takes too much upon himself speaking on behalf of the world community", - Murat Jioev noted.
Indeed lately Tbilisi has adopted a habit to speak for Georgia as well as for the European Union and the OSCE. Until recently Georgia relied on the UN's silent consent. However the UN's Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's latest report was an unpleasant surprise for Tbilisi still convinced that the notorious territorial integrity was left intact in the document. Though no reference to Abkhazia as part of Georgia does not necessarily mean consent that Abkhazia is a Georgian land. Most likely it's vice versa. However Georgia's Foreign Ministry obviously is trying to make the best of a bad bargain.
Now Kachkachishvili asserts that the international organizations allegedly refrain from recognizing elections in South Ossetia. May be. Then whom do EU and OSCE Special Envoys to Caucasus Pierre Morrel and Haralampos Hristopoulos meet with during their official visits to Tskhinval?