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Abkhazia and South Ossetia are reinforcing their borders2008-12-11 18:04
"The number of border-security forces of South Ossetia on the border with Georgia will comprise 890 men, - the head of the republic Edward Kokoyty stated on December 10. - Most of them are South Ossetian servicemen and we will also invite a group of Russian citizens that are contract service personnel".
Talking to Interfax reporter Kokoyty specified that creating its own Frontier Service the republic would enter into an agreement on assistance in border arrangement with Russia in the nearest future. As for Russian checkpoints there will be only two of them, the president says.
"Following completion of border arrangement with Georgia I hope that the border between South Ossetia and Russia will become transparent", - the president of South Ossetia added. The same day by order of Abkhazia's leader Sergey Bagapsh artillery and tank units were entered in Galsky region bordering Georgia. This is reported by president's press service with reference to the republic's Chief of Defense Anatoly Zaitsev.
As specified by deputy Defense Minister of Abkhazia Alexandr Pavlushko a motor-maneuver group, intelligence units and special forces will be redeployed to this district. That is Sukhum has taken care of its border protection a bit earlier than Tskhinval.
As early as on December 3 at the briefing in Gali town Sergey Bagapsh stated that the Russian peacekeeping forces were leaving the border section dividing the republic and Georgia. They will be substituted by Abkhazian border guards in Galsky district. It goes without saying they will be accompanied by the Russian contract servicemen.
"We will increase the number of employees and will reinforce the border. The need to do it is obvious, - Bagapsh said then. - Considering who we are dealing with and who our neighbor is the border reinforcement is a high-priority task".
According to him the border with Georgia will remain closed. Access control will be introduced with 12 checkpoints to provide for it. Free crossing of the Inguri River on the border will be allowed only to representatives of international organizations. And the IngurGES employees. Its dam is in the territory of Georgia, while the storage lake and the power plant are in Abkhazia. As for common people in cases of emergency the head of Galsky district is authorized to issue a pass.
A day after the briefing the Russian troops left the borderland and withdrew to Gudava locality. According to some reports there will be one of the Russian military facilities.