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South Ossetia announced conditions for OSCE Commissioner visit

2009-01-22 10:57

Higher Commissioner for national minorities in OSCE, ambassador Knut Wollebeck can visit South Ossetia only when the official relations with the republic are established, stated Alan Pliyev, the Deputy Interior Minister of South Ossetia - RIA Novosti.

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Wollebeck, currently staying with a visit in Georgia, said he would be glad to visit South Ossetia to assess the national minorities situation on cite.

At present moment it is impossible as, according to the Higher Commissioner, "Tskhinvali authorities blocked OSCE mission".

"OSCE representatives have already visited South Ossetia in the end of the last year and were provided with the detailed information on the issues that now interest Mr. Wollebeck," the Foreign Minister of South Ossetia said.

"Besides, the position of South Ossetian administration on the issue of access to the republican territory remains the same: we can receive foreign citizens only from the Russian Federation side," the State Committee on Information and Press of South Ossetia quotes Pliyev.

Before the further relations are defined and the correspondent memorandum signed, OSCE structures cannot conduct any activities in the territory of South Ossetia, the Minister concluded.

 

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