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Aug 10, 2008

OSCE head: Russian mediator days over in S.Ossetia

HELSINKI, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Russia's armed intervention means it cannot return as an honest broker between the sides in the South Ossetia conflict, the head of Europe's main security and human rights group said on Saturday.

"Russia is at the moment a party in this conflict, not a mediator, and that has to be mirrored when ceasefire and peace talks begin," Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb, current chairman of the 56-nation Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told a news conference.

"It is clear that there is no return to the status quo, to what was," Stubb said before heading to the region.

Russian troops poured into South Ossetia on Friday, hours after Georgia launched a large-scale offensive aimed at restoring control over the region which broke away after a war in the early 1990s.

A peacekeeping force with 500 members each from Russia, Georgia and North Ossetia monitored a truce in the region which broke down this week.

Stubb said he would travel to Georgia on Monday to meet President Mikheil Saakashvili and go on to Moscow on Monday or Tuesday to meet Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Expectations of a quick solution should be kept low, Stubb said. "On a scale of one to 10, we are at about two."

Stubb also said there was no question the current conflict was a war. "This is a war, no doubt about it. There is no reason to call it anything else."

He said Georgia's territorial integrity and the right to self-determination of South Ossetia were basic principles which would guide the OSCE throughout the conflict.

The OSCE monitors security in the region and has a mandate to promote talks between the parties to the conflict. (Reporting by Sakari Suoninen, editing by Tim Pearce)



Lord Vader said...

While we face several hundreds of ethnic Georgians leaving their houses, villages and cities, trying to escape from massive attack of Russian warplanes and military forces, we see the real target Russia is trying to hit in Autonomous Republic of South Ossetia - massacres and forced mass expulsion of thousands of ethnic Georgians.

Several high-ranked officers of Russian army are reporting the “progress” they are achieving in s.c. “zachistki” (cleaning) of area they had occupied from ethnic Georgians (http://www.utro.ru/peredovica). The Russian word “zachistka” (which can be translated as “cleaning”) is a neologism invented by Russian General Staff and FSB Special Forces “covering” and massive ethnic cleansing of civilian Chechen population during and after second war in Chechnya (1999-2000).

Today this kind of “zachiski” brought by Russian Federation military forces to Georgia and that’s not the first time.
In 1991-1993 and 1998 in Abkhazia (another Autonomous Republic of Georgia governed today by Russia-backed separatists) around 30,000 Georgians were killed by the Abkhaz separatists, foreign mercenaries, and by Russian Federation military forces. The ethnic cleansing campaign against ethnic Georgians of Abkhazia was recognized by OSCE conventions in Budapest, (December 6, 1994), Lisbon, Istanbul and was also mentioned in UN General Assembly Resolution GA/10708.
See also US State Department, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1993, February 1994, Chapter 17.

On July 8, 2004 prosecutors at the Hague-based UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) made a decision to launch an investigation about genocide and crimes against humanity in Abkhazia. The ICTY was provided with the documents selected from the 300 volumes of evidence about the genocide of Georgians in Abkhazia. These materials were collected by the Georgian Prosecutors' Office beginning in 1993 and allegedly contain horrific accounts of atrocities committed by the Abkhaz fighters, mercenaries from Russia and Russian regular army troops. The reports included a detailed description of how the separatists played soccer with the heads of dead Georgians on the field after the executions in Gagra.

Now coming back to situation in South Ossetia - 1/3 of total population of South Ossetia Autonomous Republic are (or facing actual ethnic cleansing in the area - we should probably say: were) ethnic Georgians.
Also, Autonomous Republic territory never was under 100% separatist's control. It was split de-facto in two parts - one with the center in Ckhinvali - controlled by Russian-backed separatist Eduard Kokoyti "government" (most of Ministers of this s.c. Cabinet are put by Russia, are Russian citizens and high-ranked officers of Russian FSB (KGB) and Ministry of Defense – (pls. see related article by Moscow journalist Yulia Latinina). Another part run by non-separatist local Ossetian-Georgian joint administration, with a center in South Ossetian Autonomous Republic city Kurta. This administration is headed by Dmitry Sanakoev.

On June 26, 2007 at the EU-Georgian Parliamentary Cooperation Committee in Brussels Dmitry Sanakoyev delivered a speech, in his native Ossetian - his first appeal to the international community. He emphasized that "a direct dialog between the Georgian and Ossetian peoples and demilitarization of the region are of crucial importance… European-type of autonomy, like Alto Adige/Südtirol, can serve as a model… in unified Georgia…. where liberal democracy is being built".

On July 3, 2008, Sanakoyev survived an attack on his convoy which hit a remote controlled mine and Both Sanakoyev’s administration and Georgian police officials blamed the forces loyal to the Kokoity government for organizing the incident.


Lord Vader said...

IMPORTANT: "Russia, which said it moved into South Ossetia last week to protect pro-Russians there from "genocide" commited by Georgians, has now been accused of "ethnic cleansing" itself" - says Telegraph (UK) see article here:

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Anonymous said...

Психолог-криминалист, доктор медицинских наук Михаил Виноградов считает, что президент Грузии Михаил Саакашвили является человеком с неустойчивой психикой, сообщает Life.ru.

Также Виноградов называет Саакашвили человеком с большими амбициями, которые не соответствуют уровню его личностных возможностей. "Этот человек поддается чужому влиянию и не имеет ни на что своей личной точки зрения. Все метания президента Грузии определяются рекомендациями тех или иных советников", - считает Михаил Виноградов.

По его словам, агрессивно-разрушительные действия президента Грузии происходят от влияния на Саакашвили Запада, "которому этот конфликт выгоден и нужен". "Это касается в первую очередь уходящего на покой Джорджа Буша, которому выгодно напоследок хлопнуть политической дверью", считает Виноградов.

Сам по себе Саакашвили психологу представляется социопатом. Социопатия, по мнению Виноградова, "развилась у президента Грузии на эндокринной неполноценной основе".

"У него есть поражение мозга на органическом уровне. А его обращение к народу на английском языке - полное неуважение к нации. Это полное пренебрежение своей национальностью и традициями. Он пошел в разнос", - заключает психолог.

Anonymous said...

Hallo! Guys…. South Osetia is NOT a part of Georgia! Osetians are not Georgians. Georgians HATE Osetians and call them separatists. But the world’s society took it for granted when South Osetia became independent (is’t it the right of people under Georgian pressure?).
Osetians ASKED Russians to protect their independence. Russia DIDN’T bomb Georgia because there are a lot of Russian people in this country. Sure Russians will pull some money from the conflict… they are not saints…

But Georgian president wants more power n’ more money. He doesn’t care about the people. It is GEORGIAN PRESIDENT who HAS STARTED THE WAR against Osetians and Russia. He was sure that the world’s society will be on his side. And he’s got it! Georgian president does everything to convince U.S.A. and Europe that Georgia is the victim. SAAKHASHVILI CREATED A THEATRE OF PAIN AND PRETENDS TO BE A VICTIM HOPING THAT U.S.A. AND EUROPE WILL PUT TONNS OF MONEY TO SUPPORT HIM. GEORGIAN PRESIDENT IS GONNA SUCK MONEY FROM US. And the new government of Ukrain will help him. He knows that everybody are ready to accuse Russia ‘cos it’s bigger.

Tell me, please, why should a president talk to HIS people in English when common civilians of his country don’t know this language at all? Georgia gave a cheep fake show of it’s towns in ruins. What a Theatre!!! Saakhashvili is such a liar! He says he stopped the shooting but he doesn’t!!! More than 2.000 osetians has died… And Georgians? Less then 50 soldiers! (not thousands!). Georgians didn’t stop the fire even to let the refugees go in safe place! TODAY A GEORGIAN TANK HAS SMASHED A WOMAN WITH 2 CHILDREN IN SOUTH OSETIA…. Fortunately Russia gives a shelter for the refugees….

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

People of the world. You deceive! World mass media conduct propagation of a false information. Russia DID NOT ATTACK Georgia! 07.08.2008 at 22:00 Georgia has attacked South Ossetia. At 3:30 08.08.2008 tanks of the Georgian armies have entered into city Tskhinvali. Artillery bombardment all the day long proceeded, fights with use of tanks and heavy combat material, both against ossetic armies, and against peace inhabitants were conducted. 1400 civil people already were lost. The Russian peacemakers have arrived to South Ossetia in the evening 08.08.2008 for settlement of the conflict and prompting of the world in republic and protection of the Russian citizens living on territory of South Ossetia. Georgia has attacked South Ossetia on eve of Olympiad, it is top of cruelty and cynicism. Proofs and video-materials look on : http://www.1tvrus.com/ , http://www.1tv.ru/owa/win/ort6_main.main , http://www.rian.ru/ , http://www.vesti.ru/news , http://news.ntv.ru/ , http://www.ren-tv.com/ , http://www.newsru.com/ .We shall tell is not present to WAR!!!

Antigone said...

თუ შეიძლება, ბლოგის ავტორი დამიკავშირდეს support.georgia@gmail.com -ზე

Anonymous said...

South Ossetia IS A PART OF GEORGIA. Even official Russia does not dispute that. It is scary to see the posts of people totally brainwashed by Russian TV propaganda.

The fact that Russia attacks the Georgian territory OUTSIDE of South Ossetia constitutes open aggression.