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OSCE warns Tskhinval about the unacceptability of destruction of Georgian villages

2012-08-23 14:43

The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Knut Vollebaek has warned the South Ossetian leadership in connection with the intention to destroy Georgian villages. Knut Vollebaek's special statement was published on the official web site of the organization.


The High Commissioner has responded to the statement by the leader of the occupied South Ossetia, according to which the authorities intended to destroy the ethnic Georgian villages.

"Such plans, if carried out, would eradicate what little remains of these ethnic-Georgian villages in South Ossetia", Vollebaek said demanding the South Ossetian leader Leonid Tibilova to clarify his goals.

The OSCE High Commissioner recalled that under the international law the forcedly displaced people have every right to return to their homes, and therefore they should show respect towards their property, otherwise such actions would be regarded as a crime.

Recall, former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze hopes on Russia's participation in the protection of the abandoned Georgian villages near Tskhinval from the South Ossetian authorities.

"To save them we need an immediate dialogue with Russia. We surely must familiarize international organizations with this. And I, as an ordinary Georgian, personally appeal to them to prevent the destruction of Georgian villages ... I hope that the Russians won't allow such cruelty. Otherwise it would be a tragedy, the responsibility for which would partly lay on Tbilisi ... Even at the cost of his own resignation Saakashvili must prevent the destruction of these villages. If he would have loved his country, he would have acted this way", Shevardnadze said.


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