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Issue of gas supplies to South Ossetia demands urgent solution2009-01-14 12:20
Problem of gas supplies to South Ossetia is a humanitarian one, and issue of gas transit to the republic must be solved immediately, said the Chairman-in-Office of OSCE on Unresolved Conflicts Charalambos Christopoulos, who arrived for monitoring of the Tbilisi-Tskhinval gas pipeline.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Christopoulos, the issue of gas supplies to South Ossetia was discussed in the course of his meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Deputy Minister on Integration.
Christopoulos underlined that this problem is of humanitarian character and demands immediate solution. He stated that this problem cannot be political and added that Georgian side shared his position by claiming that the problem has technical but not political character. According to the Chairman-in-Office, they agreed with both sides and obtained the support to conduct independent check of the gas pipeline by experts.
Last Tuesday, on January 13th , OSCE experts conducted the monitoring of the condition of the gas pipeline, leading from Georgia to South Ossetia, and proved its good working order.
According to Christopoulos, now the pipeline will undergo the check by an independent expert. This mission will be conducted openly, the independent report to be spread with OSCE member countries will be prepared, he highlighted. Georgian Foreign Ministry, in its turn, expressed hope that the visit of OSCE Chairman-in-Office will help to lift the "gas blockade" of Tskhinval.
It was the topic of the meeting of Grigoriy Karasin, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, and Dmitriy Medoyev, the ambassador of South Ossetia to Russia, ITAR-TASS informs.
In the course of the talk "special attention was paid to measures taken to stop the "gas blockade" from Georgian side ", Russian Foreign Ministry informs". Russia repeatedly stated its Western partners of inadmissibility of politicization of this problem". Russian Foreign Ministry expressed hope that the visit of Chairman-in-Office of OSCE will let to accelerate the decision on Russuan gas supplies to Tskhinval resumption.