South Ossetia criticizes ambassador of France to Georgia
Yuri Beteyev, the well-known South Ossetian expert, criticized recent statement of Eric Fournier, the ambassador of France to Georgia, about necessity to return Leningori region the Georgian name "Akhalgori".
"The French diplomat interferes with other people's affairs. And if he's so fond of restoring historical justice, why, for example, he doesn't talk about hundreds of Armenian churches, gradually becoming Georgian with the help of retyping frescoes and inscriptions? Why keeps silent about the Georgian leaders, who in Soviet time did everything to get rid of Ossetian surnames with citizens of Ossetian origin? The same happened with people of other nationalities", Beteyev said - Osinform.
"South Ossetia is an independent state and has the right to restore historical justice in their territory", the expert said and added the situation with toponyms remains complicated and the process must be continued.
"For many decades our state had been forcefully "Georgianized," Beteyev noted.
Yesterday the French diplomatic mission to Georgia claimed the authorities of South Ossetia conduct policy of "erasing" Georgian localities in the region.
He also noted that even in Russia authorities are getting rid of toponyms, containing the name of the October Revolution leader. "It suddenly became necessary for the name of that half-mad Bolshevik, whose ideas caused much bloodshed in past century, to be heard in this gorge," Fournier said.