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EU independent mission started its work in Tskhinval2009-03-06 15:04
The independent international fact-finding mission on the conflict in Georgia arrived in Tskhinval and started work.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to the State Committee for Information and Press of South Ossetia the mission comprises mainly military experts and is headed by ambassador Heidi Tagliavini.
Greeting the European delegation, Boris Chochiyev, the Plenipotentiary of the South Ossetian President on post-conflict resolution, underlined that South Ossetian authorities are interested in cooperation with the mission and in revelation of the "true causes of the aggression of the Georgian side".
"We are interested in the truth to be voiced", he highlighted.
"We have nothing to hide; the sooner you learn the facts the sooner the evident reasons of Georgia's will be proved. Tbilisi continues misinforming the world community and tries hard to conceal the fact of aggression against South Ossetia", he noted.
Boris Chochiyev handed over the report of Giya Karkarashvili, the ex-Minister of Defense of Georgia, to the head of the mission.
"Though it is written by the aggressor country Minister of Defense, but much of these data you will be able to use in your work . He managed to refute the officially voiced version of Tbilisi of the aggression conducted allegedly to impede the drawing of Russian troops", Chochiyev said.
He also mentioned that international organizations are not trusted in South Ossetia and expressed hope that this visit will be an exception to the rules.
Heidi Tagliavini, in her turn, highlighted that the mission will only study but not investigate the events.
According to the head of this mission, their purpose is to study facts, reasons and timeline of the events, considering international law and human rights aspects. She added that knowing the pre-history of the conflict is very important and therefore the delegation mainly consists of military experts. She promised to study legal and humanitarian issues and involve political scientists in the study of the situation.
Tagliavini stated their approach to the work is very serious. The mission has questions to be answered in written form, though the list is still incomplete, she said.