South Ossetia: Resolving the Conflict

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Georgian President accused that Russian troops near the breakaway region of the disputed land of South Ossetia opened fire on the convoy carrying the Georgian and Polish presidents. But Russian external affairs minister denied the claim. However, since the lost of war Georgian President is trying to save his government. At a televised news conference, Saakashvili said Russian forces "were not happy to see us and reacted in this barbaric way.

Georgian government given statement that Presidential convoy of Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili and his Polish counterpart Lech Kaczynski in a dark Mercedes-Benz sedan came under fire from a Russian checkpoint. However, in the same statement the Saakashvili spokeswoman Nato Partskhaladze told "It was unclear whether the shots had been fired directly at the convoy or in another direction. Aggression continues in Georgia. The ceasefire and the European Union-brokered agreement are being violated."

May be Georgians are one side angry on losing the war but also afraid of direct hitting to Moscow espically after global crisis hit the US and EU. However, Russia's mission in South Ossetia denied its forces had fired on the convoy, Interfax news agency reported. Another broadcast from South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali, the official of mission's headquaters quoted that "The claims that Russian forces were involved in shooting against the convoy do not correspond to reality".

South Ossetia's defence ministry said "no armed incidents on the border between South Ossetia and Georgia were reported on Sunday," Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported. Tensions remain high in South Ossetia and another breakaway region, Abkhazia, following a brief war between Russia and Georgia in August.
Russian forces pushed into Georgia a candidate for NATO membership on 08 August 2008 to repel a Georgian military attempt to retake South Ossetia. Russian forces later withdrew to within South Ossetia and Abkhazia. But Tbilisi has accused Russia of violating the ceasefire by keeping troops in Akhalgori and the Kodori Gorge in Abkhazia.

Kaczynski was in Georgia at the weekend to mark the anniversary of the peaceful pro-Western "Rose Revolution" that brought Saakashvili to power five years ago. The Georgian presidency had earlier said the two leaders would meet near South Ossetia with residents who had been forced to flee their homes by the August conflict.

In remarks carried by the Polish news agency PAP, Kaczynski said a series of gunshots had been heard from "about 30 yards away. I don't think there was any danger. But he also told in statement to EU and US that the six-point ceasefire plan is being violated. It's not yet too late today to take this fact into account. But tomorrow it might be too late.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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