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Boris Chochiev and Maxim Gvinjia: lessons of war2011-08-08 18:23
Three years have passed since the day when unbalanced Georgian leader ordered to attack South Ossetia. His attempt to return the republic by force was given a dignified response. Hardly will he ever dare new military and political adventures. Neither will he win trust of Abkhazians and Ossetians again: these two nations have suffered too much. Boris Chochiev, RSO president's plenipotentiary representative for post-conflict settlement, and Maxim Gvinjia, Abkhaz FM, tell GeorgiaTimes about the lessons of the tragic events of August 2008.
of August 2008.
Boris Chochiev: our main conclusion is that culprits must be punished. Saakashvili is still free, and it must serve as a lesson to the global community. South Ossetia could have become an independent state in early 1990s but for the West's policy of double standards. The republic has violated no clause of international norms. And in August 2008 South Ossetia faced the choice - to be or not to be.
- Should international organizations return to the region?
- If such international organizations like UN want to influence processes going on in Caucasus, they must invite representatives of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to discuss resolutions. As for all kinds of visits to the republic, European guests must come here understanding that this is an independent state. And the OSCE, whose monitors were in the republic for a long time, must come up with its assessment of the events of August 2008. But the main thing is to give evaluation of their own actions. Though it is doubtful that the organization has any weight. Recently I stated we had started collecting materials evidencing that the OSCE should share responsibility for that war. They are as guilty of what happened as Saakashvili is.
- Do you think Saakashvili will agree to sign a "non-aggression pact" with Tskhinval and Sukhum?
- Saakashvili will do all the "obkom" in Washington will say. Saying "Georgia" we imply the United States. This s my personal opinion.
- What would you like to say to people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on these days?