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South Ossetia has got the right to choose2010-08-31 11:22
South Ossetia should become part of Russian Federation - that is the opinion of the former Speaker of Parliament of the Caucasian republic Znaur Gassiev. He does not wish his country an independent future and hopes that soon Ossetia will become a united state. At the same time, Georgian conflict analyst Paata Zakareishvili is sure that the legitimization of South Ossetia's status is quite possible should Mikheil Saakashvili keep to his destructive policy in respect of the separated republics.
Statements about the Ossetian nation's desire to merge together were made by Eduard Kokoity in 2009. In his opinion, statehood building can in no way prevent the republic from affiliating with Russian Federation, especially that more and more South-Ossetians, 98% of whom have got Russian passports, stand for a union with Russia.
First of all, unification fits in with the interests of all Ossetians, whose historical mission is to form a single nation in the context of artificial separation that caused significant damage to South-Ossetians. This fact should be taken into consideration by Georgian authorities, who keep talking about Russia's alleged desire to annex the independent republic, so long as any independent state, such as today's South Ossetia, is free to choose the form of its existence.
The Ossetians' hopes are more or less clear but what kind of South Ossetia's future is more beneficial for the Russian and Georgian parties? Head of Caucasian Department of CIS Countries Institute Mikhail Alexandrov believes that if Russian Federation sees its strategic purpose in affiliating South Ossetia with North Ossetia it should not make any extra efforts for further recognition of the republic's independence by other countries.
However, he also believes that presently, there are several controversial tendencies in the republic that go as follows: