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Hard way of heat to South Ossetia2009-01-28 09:39
Georgia resumed gas supplies to South Ossetia. It was reported on January 25. Accordingly the blockade of Tskhinval that lasted half a year has eventually been raised.
On that day Irakli Nikolaishvili, Itera-Georgia Deputy CEO responsible for gas supplies to South Ossetia stated to Interfax: "Before the end of January the republic will receive half a million cubic meters of gas. In February this volume will be increased threefold or fourfold as necessary".
According to RIA-Novosti the Russian gas started flowing to Tskhinval at 8 am on January 25. However after two hours its transmission was suspended. As the Georgian oil and gas company press service informed there had been an accident on Gvelet distribution station in Kazbegi district on the border with Russia.
This is the text of the statement according to RIA-Novosti: "For now our specialists cannot determine the time when the supplies will be resumed but all necessary measures are being taken".
It would be wrong to say that the South Ossetian party treated the statement with complete confidence. ITAR-TASS quotes the words of the president of the republic's special representative on settlement of post-conflict situation Boris Chochiev: "It is suspicious that the accident in Kazbegi district occurred right at the time when the republic's gas distributing system started receiving first cubic meters of gas and the connection of first social facilities was planned".
However the apprehensions did not prove true. By daytime the gas supply was started in a South Ossetian bakery factory. In confirmation of this information new data from the Georgian oil and gas corporation arrived. It was stated that the accident elimination had been completed and the fuel was flowing along the pipes at full volume.
The good news was taken with open delight by active participants of the problem settlement - official Moscow and the OSCE.
According to the ITAR-TASS report the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was "satisfied that Tbilisi had finally used common sense and South Ossetian citizens and people from adjacent Georgian district had a possibility to receive heat and energy at their homes". Russia's Foreign Ministry also complimented the OSCE that the latter "had promptly dispatched its special representative in order to assist in settlement of this humanitarian problem".
Vena in its turn made a curtsey to Moscow: "I approve of the actions of the parties - the words of the OSCE Chairwoman Dora Bakoyanni are quoted by RIA-Novosti - that displayed a constructive approach making the settlement of this vital humanitarian problem possible".