Georgia has returned to a policy of state terror20.10.2008 | 15:30
Believes the Prosecutor-General of the republic of South Ossetia Taimuraz Khugaev
IA Osinform reports that in the course of the Georgian aggression of August this year, as a result of which thousands of South Ossetian civilians were killed, and the recent terrorist act in Tskhinvali which cost the lives of Russian peacekeepers, a series of questions arose about the safety of those living in the republic. The Prosecutor-General of the Republic of South Ossetia Taimuraz Khugaev agreed to answer them. In his view, it is impossible to consider the task of guaranteeing the security of the South Ossetian population without taking into account the general problem of the military and political stabilization of the region and the elimination of the state-organized terrorist threat emanating from Georgia.
- From the moment when the Russian forces concluded their operation aimed at forcing Georgia to bring about peace in the territory of South Ossetia up until the first few days of October this year, hence the arrival of European Union observers in the buffer zone, not a single terrorist act or armed attack, either on civilians or the Russian forces, was recorded. The current escalation of tensions is linked directly to the withdrawal of Russian forces from the security zone around South Ossetia and their replacement by international observers from the European Union without the creation of any means of effective control over the movements of Georgian armed units in the buffer zone, noted the South Ossetian Prosecutor General. The situation shows that Georgian special forces, having once again gained the opportunity to penetrate the security zone unhindered, have returned to their practice of carrying out a policy of state terror. At the same time their methods for carrying out this policy and the signature of the crimes have remained unchanged and include organizing armed attacks on civilians, as well as planning and carrying out terrorist acts against South Ossetian law-enforcement workers and peace-keepers.
The office of the public prosecutor of South Ossetia currently knows of facts explaining who exactly in Georgia is organizing acts of diversion around South Ossetia. The main bodies involved in implementing the policy of state terror on the republic's territory are subdivisions of Georgia's security services, such as the Military Police and the Department of Counter-Intelligence of Georgia's Ministry of Internal Affairs, a main component of which was the "Centre for Anti-Terrorism" deployed in the settlement of Kurta. Incidentally, this centre became famous for planning to poison the Tskhinvali water supply.
The Georgian authorities make no attempt to hide their intentions concerning future actions, says the Prosecutor General.
In recent weeks the Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs Vano Merabishvili has repeatedly stated, even in the presence of the press, that, while the war may have finished for some people, for his department it is continuing, noted Taimuraz Khugaev.
There are more than enough examples of the resources that the Georgian intelligence agencies could use for committing acts of sabotage in South Ossetia. According to one version, which requires additional verification, representatives of the non-governmental organization "Khala Trust", which is supposedly involved in mine-clearing, actually came to Georgia to train subversives. In turn, the public prosecutor's office of South Ossetia possesses operational information about "Khala Trust", notably facts of this organization's cooperation with Georgia's military police and the "government of Dmitriy Sanakoev".
‘In any case, representatives of ‘Hala Trust', without obtaining the notification and permission of the lawful authorities of South Ossetia, have carried out certain programmes in the conflict zone in close cooperation with Georgia's intelligence units, declared Taimuraz Khugaev.
In South Ossetia there is growing certainty that, in order to prevent possible provocations from Georgia aimed at undermining the agreements provided for under the renowned ‘Medvedev-Sarkozy' plan, it is necessary to develop South Ossetia's state border as soon as possible.
The reality of the current conditions demonstrates that in order to guarantee the security of the civilian population and Russian troops in South Ossetia, it is becoming especially pressing to implement a range of essential measures concerning the demarcation and strengthening of South Ossetia's state border with Georgia, said the Prosecutor-General.
Taimuraz Khugaev also noted that the South Ossetian government has recently undertaken concrete measures on this question. For example, a post of the border service has already been established in the southern districts of Tskhinvala. And according to the Prosecutor-General, measures are currently being carried out to close off the border with Georgia in order to prevent terrorist acts and to rule out any further escalation of tensions by the Georgian authorities.