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Politologist Inal Pliev: we have gained peace and security02.09.2009 | 23:14
Growth and the making of South Ossetia's statehood proceed in due course while experts keep evaluating Russia's decisive step in acknowledgment of Ossetian people's independence last year. GeorgiaTimes correspondent got in touch with Inal Pliev, the new republic's independent politologist.
-What has South Ossetia gained after Russia's recognition?
-First of all it's peace. We have been living in peace for a year already and it's the major achievement. Yes, our homes are ruined. Yes, people keep living in extreme conditions. My apartment as well as the homes of my relatives have been damaged too. Nonetheless, we have got rid of constant anxiety, shootings, assaults, blockades, abductions and info terror. And this is of great value. We will restore everything together with Russia. The dead can't be brought back to life but now we are learning to live in peace. People can sleep well knowing they will wake up. Parents can send their children to school knowing they will come back home.
-In your view, is the repetition of last August events possible given the latest news on detention of ships in the Black sea by Georgia?
-The only side that urges war is Mikheil Saakashvili and people around him. But Georgia is unable to achieve the goal on its own dragging other countries into the region. Now the Georgian side is particularly persistent pulling the USA in South Caucasus. I don't think Washington minds that which makes me feel somewhat apprehensive.
-Please tell about South Ossetia's ongoing restoration.
-The restoration is advancing rapidly. A lot is ruined but it all depends on the viewpoint. For instance recently I was in Bulgaria showing photos of houses in South Ossetia three days after the end of last year's war and their images now. I was told the difference was more than colossal - it's amazing. Unfortunately all demolitions can't be reconstructed in a year's time for it's a long and complicated process. Even kids get this axiom right. But some "tragicomic" characters now pretend they are so stupid as not to understand this simple thing. We admit we have problems but everyone in the world has them and they get fixed. Now there are many facilities in the republic that require extra time for their restoration. However if there is a desire to concentrate on unrenewed units the ones that have already been built need to be taken care of too.
-What can you say about Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's recent visit to Tskhinval?
-I can say Yuri Luzhkov is an advocate of a strong state and the mayor of one of the world's biggest cities. He is a person who looks to the future who has always been kind to our republic. We greatly appreciate the cooperation treaty with South Ossetia signed between Moscow Mayor and Edward Kokoyty's predecessor - Lyudvig Chibirov.
As known in the run-up to the Knowledge Day Moscow Mayor went on a visit to South Ossetia to open "Moskovsky" residential district that had been constructed with Moscow's funds, Caucasian Knot reports. A modern school and a kindergarten were also opened there. In his speech at the opening ceremony Yuri Luzhkov emphasized Russia's effort to assist the republic from the first days of South Ossetian people's struggle for self-determination, Res IA reports. According to Moscow Mayor now it's time to build a peaceful life in the republic. "During hard times in South Ossetia when the Georgian authorities were openly pursuing political and economic extermination of the South Ossetian nation, Muscovites voluntarily undertook to bail the republic out of material problems with all their hearts, - Luzhkov highlighted. - With full understanding that the people of South Ossetia can't be taken away from the historical foundation that has always been there, that wasn't artificially destroyed".
Can you outline major directions the republic's economy is and will be following?
Economy issues are of utmost importance to our country as economy is a core to be considered in first place. Now there is a governmental committee of specialists in this sphere working on the concept of South Ossetia's economic development. I guess that given geographic and natural conditions our republic will choose the path of active agricultural growth and development of small and medium industrial enterprises. Focusing on this our enterprises will be able to produce goods that will be immediately in demand at the local level.