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Georgia spoiled by housing problems

2010-12-17 18:07

Georgia spoiled by housing problemsPresident of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity has signed a decree making all the real estate transactions closed in Leningorski region in 1991-2008 invalid. That's quite a logic step, in Tskhinval's opinion. The region has been controlled by Georgian authorities for seventeen years. Having signed the decree, Kokoity cancelled those legislative acts that are illegal from the point of view of the republic. However, Tbilisi, accustomed to demanding legality restoration and respect for the refugees' property rights, did not support the initiative of the South-Ossetian authorities and called


their actions "ethnic cleansing".

The problem lies in dozens of illegal acts on redistribution of dwellings adopted in Leningorski region when it was controlled by Georgians.

In this respect, the region is located far from the republic's center and does not differ from other conflict zones. In 1992, the Ossetians lacked power to take control over Leningor and Georgians carried out a local ethnic cleansing here. The "unreliable" Ossetians had to leave their homes that lapsed to local Georgians. Now the point at issue is the number of such episodes. Georgian media report just several cases but according to the Ossetian administration, dozens of families lost their dwellings in the region.

Eduard Kokoity's decree is consequently quite grounded: having cancelled illegal legislative acts, the president of the republic restored justice, giving the people a chance to get their property back.

Local court has not yet taken a single decision on returning the property to legal holders but will most probably support the citizens of South Ossetia. The media is spreading rumours about the owners of the disputable houses being given ten days to leave the place. In Georgia, such actions were characterized as "ethnic cleansing", though the Ossetians have done exactly what the Georgians insist upon: they restored the refugees' property rights. Eka Tkeshelashvli, new head of the country's Security Council, is dissatisfied with the South-Ossetian government's decision. In fact, the official Tbilisi supported those who took illegal possession of the Ossetian property in the turbulent 1990s.

Now the Georgian media are disseminating several stories told by local residents - ethnic Georgians who fell victims to the Ossetian "lawlessness". One of them is about a woman who bought a house from an Ossetian who was going to leave Leningor. She asserts that the transaction was closed in a legal way but now the former owner's son is trying to turn her out of the house where she has lived for over fifteen years.

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