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South Ossetia of contention

13.02.2012  |  16:31

South Ossetia is passing a difficult pre-election period. Since Ala Dzhioeva has got to the resuscitation under strange circumstances, the situation in the country is heating up every day which is obvious for the human rights organizations. The international movement to protect the rights of the peoples is concerned over the situation in South Ossetia. The coordinators of the movement offered a moratorium on presidential elections. Meanwhile, the candidates for the post of head of South Ossetia have gathered in order to sign a document that calls not to interfere in the internal affairs of the state.


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"Statement by the International Movement for the Protection of the Rights of Peoples.

On the situation in the Republic of South Ossetia.

We're watching the situation in the Republic of South Ossetia with concern. Without going into details of the political life of the Republic of South Ossetia, we believe that at this point, the following should be done:

1. To conduct a thorough investigation of what has happened. For this, to establish a public commission with the participation of the authoritative representatives of the people of South Ossetia, as well as people from South Ossetia, living outside the Republic. It must include representatives of all political parties, deputies, law enforcement authorities of the Republic and the world of Ossetian Diaspora.

2. To declare a moratorium on elections in South Ossetia for a period of one year, adopting the decision by the supreme legislative body - the parliament of South Ossetia. During this year, to undertake the necessary work to calm passions and prepare holding normal and open elections under the supervision of the international community.

Our Movement declares its readiness to immediately go to South Ossetia to conduct the necessary consultations with all political forces of the Republic. We express our willingness to participate in the work of the Commission to investigate what has happened in the case of establishment of such a commission.

We appeal to all citizens of South Ossetia with a call for calm and not to strain the situation. We must find an honorable way out of this situation. And this way can be found through patient and calm respect of all participants for each other.

We are confident that the people of South Ossetia will show their wisdom and honor to find the way out of the situation.

With respect to the people of South Ossetia

The coordinators of the International Movement for the Protection of the Rights of Peoples,

Pavel Zarifullin, Beslan Kobakhia".

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The registered candidates for the presidency of the republic have also expressed their concern over the fate of South Ossetia. Though, their demands are quite different. Igor Alborov, Ruslan Bagaev, Sergei Bitiev, Murat Guchmazov, Yuri Dzitstsoyty, Sergo Zasseev, George Kabisov, Vladimir Kelekhsaev, Tarzan Kokoity, Paul Kumaritov, Dmitry Medoyev, David Sanakoev, Maurice Sanakoev and Leonid Tibilov have signed a document in which they demand not to interfere into the affairs of South Ossetia and not to question the legitimacy of future elections.

"We consider the presidential elections, scheduled for March 25, 2012, the most important political event of recent history of our country. Therefore, we believe that elections should be held within the framework of the free will of the citizens, in compliance with the principles of democracy and in strict accordance with the laws of our country.

We all know what price the people of South Ossetia has paid for the independence, that's why each of us is responsible to present and future generations. No external force is not entitled to interfere in the internal affairs of our state - only the people have the right to determine their own future".

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Anton Krivenuk

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