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Georgia intends to deprive South Ossetians and Abkhazians of Russian citizenship2008-10-28 09:30
On October 23 Georgia's Parliament unanimously passed the law "On occupied territories". This status was assigned to Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The law recognizes the authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia illegitimate and provides for cancellation of "illegal citizenship" on the territory of self-appointed republics.
In Abkhazia and South Ossetia double citizenship is allowed - Russian and of the Republic. Georgian authorities consider both illegal. How the citizenship is going to be cancelled is not mentioned in the enacted document.
It will be mentioned that double citizenship with Russia is prohibited by the legislation of Georgia. However it is a well-known fact that not only in Abkhazia and South Ossetia but throughout the country due to the imperfection of the data base many citizens of Georgia have obtained both a Russian and a Georgian passport. By the way, on October 13 Georgia's opposition Labour party made an address warning that in connection with the current situation the country might also lose Kazbeghi and Dusheti territories. According to the Party Secretary Georgy Gugava's statement the government has abolished gas cost compensation for the residents of these regions. "In this situation people will leave these zones, and if worst comes to worst locals will start accepting
Russian citizenship on a general basis making Georgia lose these border territories as it happened to Tskhinval district", - he stated.
For the time being Georgia's authorities are more preoccupied with the destiny of Abkhazia and South Ossetia than with Dusheti and Kazbeghi. The passed law also provides for a number of economic and political limitations. Thus any sale and purchase of property on an "occupied territory" shall be deemed void, significant limitations on investments from Russia to conflict regions and on general economic cooperation with these zones are introduced as well. By the way, Georgia's Parliament has prolonged State of Emergency in Abkhazia and South Ossetia till October 31.
Earlier Grigol Vashadze, a representative of Georgia's Foreign Office announced that Tbilisi was ready to get involved in reconstruction and development of these territories. Tskhinval and Sukhum ignored the proposal made 17 years behind time. In Tbilisi however it is believed that the law mentioned above will interfere with the expansion of Russia in the region. As Pavel Kublashvili, a Head of Parliament Legal Committee, said, this regulation had an objective "to limit Russia's illegal actions".
Georgian parliamentarians were not restricted only by this act. That very day they were again unanimous in accepting another address to the world community with an appeal to demand from Moscow to renounce Abkhazia and South Ossetia independence recognition.