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Saakashvili: Ossetians look on me as their defender2011-01-12 15:17
President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has stated that after the "five-day war" in August 2008, the people of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have much reduced in number.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Rosbalt, it was mentioned by Saakashvili in his interview with Ukrainian journalists. He says today there is only one fifth of the population that had lived there before the armed conflict in August 2008.
As the Georgian president asserts, the same situation developed in RSO. "There are practically no people left in South Ossetia. When the troops entered South Ossetia and announced they came to liberate Ossetians, the absolute majority of Ossetians escaped to those regions of Georgia that were under the Georgian government's control. It was a natural thing because it was their country and their government and they looked on us as their defenders", - Mikheil Saakashvili believes.
Georgian president added that it is very difficult for the people who lived in the territory of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to return to these territories. He says, in Abkhazia, for instance, "they do not let in any citizens of the wrong ethnic origin". "There should be foreign troops instead of them to provide control over the abandoned territory so that the people would not return to their homes. This is the Berlin Wall", - Mikheil Saakashvili remarked.
Let us remind you that after the armed conflict in South Ossetia in August 2008 launched by the Georgian government Russia came to Tskhinval's rescue and recognized the independence of RSO and Abkhazia. Later on, Moscow's position was supported by Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru.