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Save our Dusheti and Kazbegi!2010-06-21 17:49
Georgian public figures are concerned over possible loss of Kazbegi district of Georgia that adjoins South and North Ossetias as well as transformation of Dusheti district into a buffer zone. It is international organizations that the authors of the open letter ask to protect their country from annexation, not their government they trust no more. Wouldn't it be easier to change anti-Russian leaders in Tbilisi which will naturally ease tensions in Kazbegi district?
Leaders of Kazbegi district community and Alliance of National parties of Georgia sent an open letter on annexation to UN, OSCE and "nations and states of the world" published by Free Georgia, a Russian-language newspaper standing in opposition to Mikheil Saakashvili's government.
Perfectly aware that state appurtenance of a few miles of Truso gorge populated by Ossetians won't shake the world the message starts with indication of a more terrible threat like in Hollywood myths on Russian aggressiveness.
As authors of the letter highlight Moscow aims at ousting the USA from Caucasus and turn this territory into "a zone of shared responsibility between Russia, Turkey and Iran". "The goal of this plan is to make Central Asia closed for the West. We believe that the geostrategic concept is clear", - it is emphasized in the letter.
Implementation of Russia's insidious plan in the near future includes detachment of Kazbegi district and transformation of Dusheti district of Georgia into a buffer zone, the group of activists advocating Georgia's remaining integrity point out. Allegedly the scenario will look like the events in South Ossetia: Russia will rise to defend its compatriots - Ossetians oppressed by Georgian authorities. The authors of the letter refer all problems of local residents to highly active Russian special services neglecting objective reasons for discontent.
This is far from truth though. GeorgiaTimes has already reported that Kazbegi district started its decline after the end of Russian-Georgian relations. Geographically it is much easier to reach Stepantsmindu, the district center, from North Ossetia than from Tbilisi. That is why local population had always sought food, clothes, education and jobs in Vladikavkaz. Upper Lars checkpoint closure in 2006 tore up family ties between Ossetians living in Kazbedi districts and abroad. It was North Ossetia's Darjal public movement standing up for reunification of families.