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Who drove a boundary pillar into Georgia’s heart?

2009-08-04 00:18

3540.jpegThe Georgian authorities are indignant: someone has set up boundary pillars in the village of Kveshi, to the North of Gori, close to South Ossetia. Tbilisi accused Moscow of attempting to "penetrate inside the Georgian territory". Russian border guards stated that they are not involved in the incident. Is it Tskhinval that has "evened" the border? But that is rather far from the Trusovskoye gorge... The situation looks the same as it was a month ago with the Mamisonski mountain pass: much ado about nothing. Besides, the European observers appeared at inappropriate times, so that Tbilisi had to withdraw its demands.


The day before, the Georgian media, referring to the local residents, told about the unprecedented impudence of "some Russian and Ossetian military". Allegedly, on Saturday evening, these people quietly appeared in the village of Kveshi of the Gorijski region and set up several large pillars. As the people of Kveshi suppose, this was the way the military marked the line of the new boundary with Georgia.

If one looks at the map, one would see that the village of Kveshi is truly surrounded by South Ossetia on three sides. However, the fact may also be viewed differently: this Ossetian half-island pushes out into the Georgian territory, so Tbilisi might also want "to even" the boundary here - for its own benefit, of course. But the point is not the geometric accuracy of the new boundary line. After all, the nations with their villages are so much mixed in the Caucasus that there can be no even boundaries. Besides, the geography - mountain ridges and gorges - inevitably makes its own adjustments. The point is another interesting detail of the midnight work done by the unknown military.

As local residents assert, if the boundary is drawn where the pillars appeared, the Georgian family of Meladze from Kveshi will find itself in South Ossetia. The Georgian MFA that seems to have no rest even on Sunday, instantly accused Russia of an attempt to get inside the Georgian territory. The diplomats from Tbilisi figured out the evil plans made up by the unknown people, having immediately defined their origin. According to their statement, "Russian military arrived in the village of Kveshi of the Gorijski region (the Shida-Kartli region) for the purpose of checking the so-called boundary and marking the territory of the Georgian village with pillars".

As the Georgians admitted themselves, they started to beat the alarm because of the demands made by the Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity. Recently, he announced his decision to give the Trusovskoye gorge back to the Ossetians, whose ancestors lived there in the past. "We have got very important territorial issues that need to be raised, and we are going to raise them.

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