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Who fired at the border?2010-04-28 19:28
It looks like the situation at the Georgian-South-Ossetian border started aggravating with the coming second anniversary of the August events. One of these days, the authorities of South Ossetia reported the firing at the dwelling houses in the village of Orchosan of Leningorski region started by the Georgian servicemen. Despite the fact that Tbilisi refutes the information, Tskhinval is sure that Georgia again wants to destabilize the near-border situation.
According to the information provided by the South-Ossetian party, a day before, the Georgian servicemen violated the border driving an army-type Land Rover, fired at the houses of the local residents and then returned back to the territory of Georgia. An operational investigative group has started working in the region; the group is trying to get the details of the incident. The official Tskhinval estimated the incident as a provocative act aimed at destabilizing the general situation.
Georgia responded to the Ossetians' reports immediately. As was told by Chief of Mtskheta-Mtianetskiy Regional Police Department Alexander Maysuradze, the statements of the South-Ossetian representatives are nothing but disinformation, Rosbalt reports. In his opinion, the village of Orchosan is controlled by the Russian military men, so neither Georgian policemen, nor servicemen, nor European Union observers are free to enter this territory.
Nevertheless, a checkup performed by the operational investigative group of CSS of South Ossetia in the process of interrogating the local residents and village administration officers confirmed the fact of firing in the South-Ossetian village. However, the group failed to find out whether these were the Georgian military men. However, the administration underlined that one may often see armed Georgian power department officers driving cars in this region.
Tskhinval believes that such incidents may reoccur in future, so long as Georgia deliberately avoids the discussion of the boundary crossing and boundary settlement, while the Georgian police and other power-wielding structures sometimes get too close to the boundaries, provoking tension by their actions. However, according to an unnamed source in the republican Committee for State Security (CSS), a system of immediate notification and response to the incidents at the Georgian border has been presently set up between the Russian FSS Border Administration and the Ossetian security officials; the system enables to efficiently solve the tasks concerning border protection in the context of the agreement about the joint efforts on the South-Ossetian state frontier protection.