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South Ossetia: people do not need Georgia’s “neutral passports”2011-04-19 13:34
South-Ossetian President's Council Costa Dzugayev stated that the official Tbilisi's idea to introduce special passports for the people of RSO and Abkhazia bearing no national symbols won't be supported by the citizens of the republic.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Georgia's another plan in respect of South Ossetia and Abkhazia is unreal for South-Ossetian society both today and in the far prospect. In the nearest future, the retardation of apprehension of the current events in the Georgian-Ossetian relationship will hardly be overcome", - Dzugayev is cited by IA Res.
The expert is sure that such step is a pure attempt of propaganda for Georgia's western partners.
The plans of issuing foreign passports with a "neutral status" to the citizens of Abkhazia and South Ossetia were recently announced at the hearings in the Georgian parliament by State Minister for Reintegration Ekaterina Tkeshelashvili. She characterized Russian foreign passports issued to the citizens of these republics as "illegitimate", newspaper Vzglyad reports.
Tkeshelashvili underlined that new "neutral" passports will not bear any Georgian symbols and their owners will be able to travel around Georgia and in future, further abroad. She added that these documents will have full legal relevance.
The document won't be biometrical. According to Tkeshelashvili, Georgia is conducting negotiations with a number of states on adopting such passports. She also made a supposition that these documents will allow the Abkhaz and South-Ossetian youth to study abroad with the help of the Georgian president's fund and other official programs.
In the opinion of a number of experts, Tbilisi's new initiative indirectly means that the Georgian government starts recognizing some special status of the people of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and their belonging to Georgian citizenship is now officially disputable. Earlier, Tbilisi definitely regarded all the citizens of the two republics as common Georgians.