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South Ossetian female human rights activists against Georgia’s remilitarization2008-12-17 12:44
The Association of South Ossetian Women for Democracy and Human Rights sent a delegation of six representatives to the USA. The activists requested the 1 bln dollars aid the USA intends to issue for Georgia to be used for humanitarian purposes, but not for remilitarization of Georgia, RIA-Novosti informs.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Their statement was issued in Washington on Tuesday.
The delegation held meetings with a number of American senators' and congressmen's advisors, with their help turned to American lawmakers and requested to conduct the US Congress hearings on finding the reasons for military conflict in South Ossetia in August 2008, to conduct independent estimation of need for humanitarian aid in the region and define terms for correct distribution of this aid, as, according to the statement, in present days American aid doesn't reach South Ossetia.
According to the statement, the delegation held over ten meetings at the Capitol Hill: with workers of Senate and the House of Representatives - members of committees for foreign relations, appropriations and human rights.
The Association of South Ossetian Women for Democracy and Human Rights is financed by Valery Gergiev, a renowned conductor, Tamerlan Tmenov, the Olympic medal winner in judo, Teimuraz Bolloyev, the Ossetian businessman, the statement says.
On Tuesday Robert Wood, the US State Department Deputy Spokesman, confirmed that the US Foreign Ministry representatives also intend to meet South Ossetian female activists, but failed to call the date. According to Wood, the US officials want to meet a wide range of people from South Ossetia and get the expression of the situation in the sphere of human rights and situation at site.