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School story: Foreign Ministry shows concern - Tskhinval gets perplexed2010-03-26 23:05
Georgian media presented convincing evidence of "continued ethnic cleansing" in South Ossetia. The ruins of an old school, allegedly the place for 150 children were shown on a central TV channel to prove violation of rights of Georgian population. It turned out that the school had been closed before August 2008.
A couple of days ago Rustavi-2 reported on the revolting fact stating "that the Russian occupants demolished Russian-Georgian school № 3 in Akhalgori".
This sounds nothing but shocking. But a more outrageous thing is that houses for Russian militaries will be constructed on school debris. By the way, the territory has already been cleaned and some construction materials have been brought in.
In this school, Rustavi-2 asserted, there were 150 Georgian and Ossetian pupils, now forced to go to School № 1.
The country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quick to react to the news with sharp comments: "continued discrimination and ethnic cleansing".
Moreover, the ministry accused Russia of gross violation of universally recognized norms of international law, including one of the fundamental human rights, that is to receive education in the native language.
Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its strict protest calling on the international community "to give a strict assessment to the aforesaid fact and force the Russian side to unequivocally comply with its international commitments"
It all sounds convincing and nice, but the next day the information presented on Georgian TV was refuted by Ossetian authorities.
"On March 24 2010 no school in Leningorky district (or Akhalgori - using Georgian toponymy) was demolished. Again the statement made by Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs proves the ministry's incompetence and attempts to destabilize the situation in the region", - Alexander Baratashvili, deputy head of Leningorsky district stated.
He explained that the building in question had fallen to desolation before hostilities in 2008. By the way then it the territory controlled by Georgian authorities. And pupils of that school were...Russian children.
Recently "it was quite difficult to call this construction a building - it was a semi-destroyed piece of former Russian school that went to ruin though negligence of Georgian leaders, by the way", - the district deputy head said.
Only the second part of the Georgian news item was true: dwelling facilities for a border unit will be constructed there.