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Tskhinval fences off with a border shield2008-12-01 14:49
It was reported yesterday that South Ossetia's president Edward Kokoyty had ordered to develop the border with Georgia. Together with that the South Ossetian side plans to introduce a visa regime.
"Within three months the state border of the Republic of South Ossetia will be equipped with the gateways and a checkpoint, - Kokoyty explained to the journalists. - The Ministry for Foreign Affairs must work out and introduce the visa regime forcing all people who want to visit our country to refer to the South Ossetian Foreign Ministry to get the visa".
This action has been planned since early November when the units of the republic entered that part of Perevi village that is situated in its territory. However the official order was issued only after Russia's ratification of the "Treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with Abkhazia and South Ossetia" on November 24. In particular, this document provides for joint surveillance of the state borderline that naturally needs fitting out. And the sooner the better as Tskhinval is extremely interested in the assistance of the Russian military contingent.
It is not to be forgotten that the Georgian-South Ossetian border is a problematic territory in the humanitarian sense too. Corien Jonker, chairperson of PACE's Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population could see it with her own eyes during her visit there.
"I'm very concerned, - she emphasized - by the freedom of travel limitations in these conflict districts of Georgia and tremendous humanitarian difficulties that affect the local people in their everyday life. The atmosphere of insecurity is dominant there. The presence of EU and OSCE international observers is not enough to guarantee the security of border zones residents".
It is unknown yet to what extent the visa procedure will hamper the migration of locals from one country to the other. But there will doubtless be more order on the border.
Another question is logical. Will a new loop of contradictions arise? It is enough to recollect the events of a fortnight ago when Georgia's Foreign Office accused South Ossetia of the violation of the state border in Perevi village area. "The outrageous fact is that the South Ossetian units have occupied the Russian checkpoints opened in the village". - The diplomatic authority stated.