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Kokoity has expressed his dissatisfaction with the work of the international observers2008-10-23 11:41
South Ossetia's president Eduard Kokoity has declared that Tbilisi is violating the "Medvedev-Sarkozy Plan". He says that every day shootings on posts of South Ossetia's law enforcement agencies and abductions are reported. Kokoity believes that the international observers "are carrying out their mission extremely strangely by not reacting to these events".
The tendentiousness of the international observers is obvious. Their actions do not help to improve the situation, rather they exacerbate it. With its actions Georgia is violating the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan, at the same time as there is a total absence of any reaction from the international observers," the South Ossetian president Eduard Kokoity expressed his bewilderment.
Earlier, on Saturday morning, as the acting Minister for Internal Affairs of South Ossetia Mikhail Mindzaev reported, posts of the republic's law-enforcement agencies located on the border with Georgia near the village of Nikozi were shot at by machine guns and other firearms. After which the Ministry of Internal Affairs of South Ossetia gave the order to all posts to open fire in reply.
According to the head of the Ministry for Internal Affairs, the role of the international observers is impossible to understand. "According to the agreements, there should not be any soldiers in this zone. However Georgia violates all the conditions in the most blatant possible way, yet absolutely no reaction from the international observers is to be seen," stressed Mindzaev.
The European Union observers started performing their mission in Georgia on 1st October 2008. According to the positions consolidated in the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan, on 9th October Russian troops left the security zone on Georgian territory bordering South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Having agreed to send observers to the conflict zone, the EU took on obligations not to allow acts of aggression to be committed by Tbilisi.
However on 3rd October Russian peacekeepers detained two cars and four people without documents near the Georgian village of Ditsi. Firearms and grenades were discovered on them. To carry out further examination and to establish their identity the detainees were taken to where the Joint Staff of the Joint Peacekeeping Forces is located. There one of the cars exploded. As a result seven peacekeepers were killed and eight were wounded. The force of the explosives was equal to 20 kilograms of TNT.
Eduard Kokoity called what happened "a deliberate terrorist attack" and accused Georgia's security services of organizing it. "The car was filled with explosives. It's their signature, we know it well," said Kokoity.