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Freedom as the only demand2010-01-14 17:47
Tomorrow Brussels, Berlin, Moscow and Tskhinval are hosting rallies for release of Ossetian citizens from Georgian prisons organized by relatives of South Ossetian detainees, Alanty Nykhas, the organization of Ossetian diaspora and Die Linke (the Lefts) party from Germany in cooperation with the German-Ossetian cultural center. Remarkably, in Belgium at the European Commission building the demonstrators plan to submit a petition to EU President Herman van Rompuy calling the West to take an active part in release of nearly 40 people as official Tskhinval reports.
The participants of the actions planned for tomorrow hope to draw attention of the European Union to the serious problem the West has been shutting eyes to so far.
Not long ago Boris Chochiev, RSO President's plenipotentiary for post-conflict settlement stated that Tbilisi was keeping nearly forty citizens of the young republic incarcerated and despite ongoing Ergneti talks on normalization of the situation on the Georgian-South Ossetian border, the prisoners won't be released.
Moreover, kidnap incidents on the border continue. The most recent case is disappearance of Gennady Pliev who as the witnesses testify was kidnapped by a group of 5 in early January.
Having no hope for a reaction from Tbilisi it was decided in Tskhinval to turn to the EU monitoring mission in Georgia. After the departure of UN and OSCE missions from South Caucasus it is the only international organization pursuing peacekeeping activities in the region. However to the surprise of the South Ossetian side the Western missionaries stated Pliev had allegedly crossed the border and had gone to Sakartvelo voluntarily. Mr. Fischer, chief of EU mission staff was cunning enough to evade the fact that there were blood traces on the site where the South Ossetian citizen was kidnapped from.
Brussels was equally deaf to the call of David Sanakoyev, South Ossetian Ombudsman who asked the international structures to take decisive measures and put pressure on Tbilisi to release illegally detained citizens of the republic.
On the contrary Hansjorg Haber reported that all issues concerning the kidnapped persons will be discussed in Ergneti at the next incident prevention meeting comprising representatives of Georgia, South Ossetia, Russia, the EU and OSCE.
Zurab Nogaideli, For United Georgia leader has also failed to come to terms with the authorities. Earlier he promised to do his best to release South Ossetian citizens.