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Council of Europe and Switzerland hail the release of Georgian teenagers2009-12-21 16:12
Today the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Micheline Calmy-Rey issued a statement over the release and transfer of the Georgian teenagers, pardoned by the Eduard Kokoyty, the leader of South Ossetia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"I am relieved to hear of the release of three Georgian teenagers who were detained in Tskhinvali by the de facto authorities in the Georgian region of South Ossetia. I express my gratitude to Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, for the efforts he undertook with a view to reaching this positive outcome.
I call on all parties concerned to make certain that all other persons detained in similar circumstances are released, that the fate of missing persons is clarified and that no such situations ever arise again. Human rights - and the rights of children in particular - must be fully protected in the areas affected by the conflict," the statement said - Council of Europe Directorate of Communication.
On December 19th Eduard Kokoyty pardoned 3 persons, 2 of them were Georgian teenagers, detained on Novemeber 4th in Tskhinvali with explosive matters.
Previously the Foreign Ministry of Russia also hailed the decision to pardon the teenagers.