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Georgian Internal Affairs Minister at the Parliamentary Committee meeting2008-11-27 11:04
At the meeting of Temporary Parliamentary Committee for Investigation of Events on August 2008, conducted on November, 26th, Vano Merabishvili, the Minister of Internal Affairs, presented the records of two phone talks. According to the Minister, these are the evidence of Russia had prepared to combat actions in Georgian territory beforehand.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The record of the first phone talk referred to August, 6th, GHN informed. According to Merabishvili, the acting Minister of Internal Affairs, Mikhail Mindzayev, talked "to his accomplice and gave instructions: Georgian settlement Vanati should be destroyed and wiped off the face of the earth".
«Intensive combat actions hadn't already started. But since end July to that time incidents were happening daily », - Merabishvili stated.
The second record referred to 3 a.m. of August, 7th, the talk in Ossetian. The interlocutors said that Russian armed forces crossed Georgian border. One of the Ossetian border guards was astonished as Russians officially demanded to hand over the border to them.
Merabishvili pointed that these records, in his view, witnessed: Russia had planned and then conducted military aggression against Georgia.
At the same time, the Minister of Internal Affairs underlined that on August, 7th, at the dawn, Russian armed forces had no right to cross Georgian border, but the fact of their crossing Russia confirmed in American press.
Statements, according to which all these actions were just a rotation of peacemaking forces, Merabishvili considered wrong, as Moscow had previously informed of all rearrangements done, and new ones planned for May 2009.