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Tbilisi against barbed wire2013-05-28 15:05
Georgian Foreign Ministry has expressed outrage over the barbed wire stretched at the border with South Ossetia. According to the Georgian Ministry, Russian border guards stretched the barbed wire near the village of Ditsi, Gori district, and village of Dvani, Kareli district. Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze said that the Georgian side intended to send a note to Russia via the Swiss embassy: Tbilisi consider this "a violation of the principle of territorial integrity of the country."
Tbilisi has stated these actions "contradict the right of the population to freedom of movement in the occupied and surrounding regions, and other social, civil and cultural rights."
"Such provocative actions raise especial concern against the background of the absence of international mechanisms in the occupied regions of Georgia," the News-Georgia quotes the statement of the FM. The Foreign Ministry of Georgia intends to immediately notify the incident to the international organizations and foreign partners, the VZGLYAD reported.
The Russian Foreign Ministry leaves Georgia's claim without comment. EU observers who are monitoring the areas near Abkhazia and South Ossetia also refrain from the assessment of the situation.
Meanwhile, the local media go even further: as reported by the TV Imedi on May 27, as a result of demarcation works carried out by Russian soldiers near the border of South Ossetia and Georgia, the boundary line was pushed 300 meters deeper into Georgian-controlled territory.
Information about displacement of "the line of occupation" was affirmed by the governor of the Georgian region of Shida Kartli (Gori district is part of the region) Zurab Chkheidze. He said that the government of the republic should "use all the levers to stop the actions of the occupiers."
Georgian Interior Ministry, in turn, called installation of the barbed wire near the village of Ditsi illegal. The Ministry promised to raise the issue at the so-called "Geneva talks" involving the parties of the Georgian-Ossetian and Georgian-Abkhazian conflicts, as well as representatives of Russia.
Earlier, the Georgian authorities expressed dissatisfaction with the advent of barbed wire at the Ossetian-Georgian border. The Foreign Ministry of the republic noted that these obstacles create great inconvenience for the residents of nearby villages.