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Saakashvili knew what he was doing2010-09-03 13:35
South Ossetia hopes the world community will recognize the fact of ethnic cleansing of Ossetians on the part of Georgia in 2008. Such opinion was voiced by First Secretary of the republic's Embassy to Russian Federation Irina Kochieva. She admitted that the South-Ossetian side would insist upon an investigation to confirm the facts coming within the scope of a definition of genocide. Still, some people think that the status of an oppressed national minority can be obtained only through the recognition of statehood.
The issue was many times put on the agenda by many heads of the states. In 2008, for instance, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stated at the meeting with Head of France Nicolas Sarkozy that the problem of ethnic cleansing really exists. He also underlined that Russian Federation is going to lobby South Ossetia's interest in recognizing the fact of genocide if the republic is unable to cope with the double standards policy by itself, that is, with Georgia's position and, primarily, the position of the U.S.
At that time, the French leader apologetically suggested the Hague tribunal as an international institution that could investigate the crimes committed in the territory of South Ossetia. Still, it is common knowledge in whose favor this instance is likely to take a decision. It's enough to remember that the conflict in the Balkans when NATO troops rushed into the territory of the former Yugoslavia under the pretext of saving Kosovo Albanians from ethnic cleansing on the part of Serbians ended up with the Hague tribunal for Slobodan Milosevic.
The tribunal was established on the initiative of the then US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and it is no secret that the indirect sponsorship of the organization was provided by the United States. One could imagine what kind of unbiased decisions are taken in this institution. Considering the fact that the Hague tribunal was set up solely to investigate the crimes committed in the territory of former Yugoslavia and was to be abolished, it is not clear at all what kind of alternative Nicolas Sarkozy "planted" on the Ossetians with downcast eyes. Supreme Court of Kosovo functioning under UN's aegis denied the genocide over Kosovo Albanians, and this body surely has got a more definite status and jurisdiction than the American dodgy enterprise.
The South-Ossetian side sees the situation clearly but is not going to give up. South-Ossetian president's authorized representative for post-conflict settlement Boris Chochiev