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Post-report shooting2009-10-06 09:00
It is still unsafe to live in the near-border zone of Ossetia adjoining Georgia. Last weekend Diseu village again came under fire from the Georgian side as reported in Tskhinval. Tbilisi is here with counteraccusations. Neither the EU monitors can change the situation with their patrols reinforced in the run-up to the promulgation of the report on the causes of last year's war in Caucasus.
During Saturday night Diseu village of South Ossetia came under fire from the Georgian side of the border as stated by Res IA with reference to the South Ossetian Ministry of Defense.
"Georgian militaries continue provocations in the near-border zone. Last night at around 21:45 there was submachine gun shooting from the Georgian post in Mereti village onto Diseu village in South Ossetia", - the message runs.
No casualties are reported. The return fire was not opened, the South Ossetian Ministry of Defense asserts.
However the Georgian side reports on "errant submachine gun firing from the territory of Disevi", which allegedly "was opened by a South Ossetian raiding group".
"It is not the first time that a South Ossetian raiding group has opened aimless fire on crossing the border in order to accuse the Georgian side of firing its positions afterwards", - Shida Kartli district police chief Vladimir Jugheli said, GHN reports.
None of the sides proved the fact of the shooting. It seems strange that submachine gun fire onto a residential locality didn't result in civilian deaths. That suggests validity of a provocation version.
Now that Europe has acknowledged Georgia's aggression in August 2008 as unjustified South Ossetia has no point in destabilizing the situation. On the contrary: its primary task now is to show the new state's ability to cope with its obligations, including protection of citizens.
In the meantime the shooting from the Georgian side might stand for irritation at the conclusions of the report by the international fact-finding mission on last year's conflict.
First shots on the border with Georgia were heard immediately after the investigation results of Heidi Tagliavini's mission were published, on September 30.
The shooting was done onto aforementioned Diseu village of Tskhinval district, the press service of the South Ossetian Ministry of Defense reported. Three submachine gun bursts came from the Eastern part of Mereti village (Georgia) that continues to arouse suspicions with the Ossetian side. No one was injured or killed either.