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OSCE field bureau in Tskhinval concealed the truth2008-11-19 12:12
OSCE officers concealed from their administration the fact that before combat actions of 08.08.08 Georgia drew troops and war machines to Tskhinval borders, said Inal Pliev before events of August,8th-9th - the Head of the Information and Analytics department of South Ossetian part of Joint Control Committee (JCC), now - the Head of South Ossetian Ministry of Extraordinary Affairs Informational Department.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"The officers and management of the mission were informed that Georgia was drawing war machines, but concealed this information from OSCE administration", - RIA-Novosti quotes Pliev's statement he made at the press conference in Berlin on November, 18th . According to Pliev, to August, 8th, 23:30, over 40 howitzers, 70 or 80 tanks, APCs and IFVs were gathered around Tskhinval. "To 11:30 p.m. 27 "Grad"s (multiple-launch rocket systems) stood around Tskhinvali, - Pliev said.
He added that a few days before the attack Georgian side evacuated Georgian part of regional population.
Pliev came to Berlin on RIA-Novosti invitation together with other witnesses of 08.08.08 events: Mira Tskhovrebova and Maria Kotayeva, both from South Ossetia. During the events of August 2008 Pliev was in Tskhinval and reported to mass media about what was happening. Tskhovrebova participated in the autumn meeting of PACE in Strasbourg as a witness. "Now we have electricity, water is again running, but we still have no gas, though a cold winter is coming. In the whole city there is no undamaged roof, no unbroken windowpane", - Tskhovrebova told.
Another meeting with journalists was held in Berlin, on November, 17th, in Tageszeitung editorial office. Guests of the discussion asked questions to the participants with true interest. One of the journalists asked whether they are sure that Tskhinval was bombed by Georgian, not Russian air force. "With my own eyes I saw an airplane flying in rounds in the sky. This airplane started dropping bombs. It couldn't be a Russian airplane, as its first strike was on Russian column", - Tskhovrebova answered.