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Georgia in a borderline condition01.10.2010 | 13:03
Georgian authorities can't help but mention the danger their freedom-loving motherland is facing as an unfortunate neighbor of the empire nurturing its militarist aspirations. The new surge in anti-Russian hysteria in Georgian society has been caused by demarcation between South Ossetia and Georgia. However, subsequent statements made by the country's interior ministry show that Tbilisi, like any false witness, mixes up the evidence.
Let's recall the chronicle of events. First, Georgia's interior ministry disseminated a statement containing protest against allegedly ongoing activities on border demarcation in territories adjacent to South Ossetia. The ministry was particularly concerned over "usurpation" of 25 hectares of genuinely Georgian land. According to the Interior ministry of Georgia three families fell victims to "the Russian occupation": their homes turned out on the other side of the cable rods that as the statement runs, officers of the Russian FSS Border service use to demark the territory.
Shortly after, representatives of the Russian and Ossetian sides made a statement denying seizure of Georgian lands. Demarcation of the border between South Ossetia will never affect sovereign territories of Georgia with the demarcation going along the borders of South Ossetian autonomous district as of the time of the USSR. Georgian security structures, apparently, seem unhappy about the order to be set in these lands. No wonder: to cross a reinforced border for new sabotage acts and provocations in the territory of the Republic of South Ossetia will be much more difficult than it was before.
Small wonder that Russia was showered with accusations of "creeping occupation" in the run-up to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen's visit to Georgia. Official Tbilisi uses the head of the North Atlantic alliance as a beacon to attract attention to their country taking the best chance to launch a new anti-Russian provocation.
By the way, another statement by Georgia's interior ministry looks curious too. The ministry virtually disavows accusations of usurpation of Georgian lands against Russia: Tbilisi's protest is limited to discontent over difficulties in free movement for citizens in this region. Moreover, it is reported that Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili called the territories where, as Tbilisi assures, demarcation works are underway, "neutral". Does that mean that Georgia starts thinking in categories close to reality realizing the fact of South Ossetia's independence?
RSO Ambassador to Russia Dmitry Medoev in his interview with GeorgiaTimes correspondent emphasized that the statements by Georgia's interior ministry are openly provocative. "The text of the statement just proves it. I can definitely say that South Ossetia has never claimed Georgian lands over the whole history of Georgian-South Ossetian relationships, conflicts and wars. Never has the South Ossetian army crossed the border of its country to seize lands of neighboring Georgia", - Medoev said.
The South Ossetian diplomat also remarked that Tskhinval and Tbilisi will anyway face the demarcation issue. "Sooner or later Georgia will have to acknowledge existing reality, sit at the negotiation table over the wide range of bilateral relations including border delimitation and demarcation between our states".
Inal Pliev, a well-known expert from South Ossetia, highlights that Tbilisi is again trying to play the anti-Russian card in front of the West. "This is seen with naked eye. These provocations are similar to the shooting at former Polish president Kachinsky's motorcade on his visit to Georgia that was later disclosed by Polish diplomats. There are lots of other examples of Saakashvili regime's similar policies", - he emphasized.
"The Republic of South Ossetia is a sovereign state. Any sovereign state has its borders. If Georgia had observed provisions of law in 1991, there would have been no South Ossetian-Georgian conflict. But they relied on vandalism and force hoping that methods of Tbilisi card-sharpers will be just as fair in big politics. They were wrong. Knowing mountains of lies from the Georgian propaganda that were thrown on South Ossetia and Russia by numerous representatives of Georgia, it is easy to conclude that sound-minded people can't trust any statements made by the Georgian side", - Inal Pliev added.