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New explosions in South Caucasus2009-04-01 09:44
It is again unquiet on the Georgian border with South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Two explosions were reported on March 29. The situation in frontier zones keeps being alarming.
On Saturday morning Georgian Interior Ministry reported that a patrol car had exploded on a mine near Dvani village. "Five policemen were severely injured, one of them died in hospital, - Interfax reports with reference to the statement. - At the time when another police group arrived at the scene the second mine detonated resulting in two policemen being wounded".
Tskhinval immediately rejected its involvement in the accident. As stated by Deputy Defense Minister of South Ossetian Ibrahim Gassev to Interfax: "The information once again disseminated by the Georgian side is a provocation. There was a sound of explosions from the territory near the border with Georgia but we don't know what happened there". According to Gasseev, the explosion is Georgia's internal affair and the EU monitors are stationed there to control the near-border situation according to Medvedev-Sarkozy plan.
Nevertheless the Georgian Interior Ministry came forward with a new statement accusing Tskhinval and Moscow of the incident. "When the Georgian side spares no efforts together with the USA, EU, OSCE and the UN in timely implementation of the agreement on incident prevention and response mechanisms approved during Geneva talks and in avoidance of similar terrorist acts the terrorist regime of Tskhinval and Russia not only put obstacles to that but keep planning and carrying out terrorist attacks from the occupied territories", - the Georgian media report. In conclusion Tbilisi asked international community to provide "adequate reaction to another extremely hazardous provocation".
Did the monitors located in the region offer adequate reaction? According to Svoboda radio the head of EU mission in the region Hansjörg Haber was outraged by the violation of Medvedev-Sarkozy plan and the OSCE special representative Haralampos Hristopulos emphasized that similar incidents add to aggravation of tension in the region where peace is quite fragile without that. However the same day the "fragile peace" mentioned by the OSCE expert was broken in Abkhazia: there was an explosion in Achguara village not far from the border.
A radio-controlled device detonated at the moment when the servicemen were entering the shop. That is why the terrorist background of the incident is beyond doubt. By a happy chance nobody died.
However "international community" displayed no interest in the Achguara explosion arousing no feedback in the West. What strange selectiveness.