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Proofless terrorism. But not for Georgia’s Interior Ministry2008-11-26 14:16
A criminal case for terrorism has been initiated following the firing of the motorcade with Georgia's and Poland's presidents in Akhalgori district.
This is what the Interior Ministry reports in its statement disseminated on November 25 in Tbilisi. It is remarked on the occasion that the "checkpoint (a Russian one at the entrance to Akhalgori - ed.) is located in the very center of Georgia in violation of the 6-clause ceasefire agreement and is considered one of the symbols of Russian occupation".
Mikhail Saakashvili went even further declaring that firing in his presence is state terrorism.
It will be remembered that on November 23 Poland's president Lech Kaczynski and Saakashvili went to inspect the "occupied territories". Their first and last obstacle on the way was this checkpoint. Later in Tbilisi it was stated that the presidential motorcade had been fired and had to turn back to the Georgian capital. In Moscow and Tskhinval it was replied that no one had shot at no one and the whole incident was another act of provocation from Tbilisi.
Saakashvili has not calmed down and has been fulminating exposures for three days on end. At the hastily convened briefing he stated that "the aggression against Georgia had not ceased and the most flagrant violation of the ceasefire agreement is declaring itself". Lech Kaczynski was more reserved. Though he supported his ally he decided not to contribute to passions. His words are that he heard a submachine gun burst but does not know who fired and where - it was dark. According to him he saw no danger and asks not to search for the guilty.
On November 25 South Ossetia's Minister for information and press Irina Gaglova made a confession: indeed there was firing from the checkpoint. When the presidential motorcade stopped at the border with South Ossetia Saakashvili's bodyguards stated they would like to go to Akhalgori. The soldiers explained that it was forbidden for anyone. One of the cars however tried to break through. One of the soldiers gave a burst in the air and both presidents very quickly withdrew to write another denunciation to the international community on arrival.
Georgia has tried to make the best of the scandal. The Foreign Office declares that Russia's actions endanger the security in the region. The West however was slow to react. NATO Secretary General Jaap De Hop Scheffer confessed that he was not familiar with the details of the incident and could not thoroughly comment on it.