Commentary of the official representative of the Republic of South Ossetia Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Regarding D. Jalaganiya statement about the events in South Ossetia

On January 30, 2012 the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Jalaganiya declared at the briefing that ‘official Tbilisi will not be able to interfere in the events of South Ossetia directly’ meaning the presidential elections in the Republic of South Ossetia. Further he refined that ‘we shall keep on trying to influence the events through existing international mechanisms ’.

Actually, political processes connected with the elections in South Ossetia are an internal affair of just the sovereign independent state, and, surely, neighboring Georgia has no rights to interfere in the events of South Ossetia.

It is high time for Georgian authorities, wishing fervently for ‘the escalation of situation’ on our territory, that the territory of South Ossetia was a part of the Georgian SSR in the USSR. All the bases according to which South Ossetia was considered a part of the Georgian SSR have gone along with the withdrawal of the USSR to history. All the more so, the people of South Ossetia have travelled a path to legal implementation of its independent state in line with democratic and international legal provisions, though this cannot be said about Georgia`s secession from the union state.

As for the elective situation in the Republic of South Ossetia, it remains absolutely calm in the frames of legal sphere and there are no apprehensions towards its intensification.

Let the officials of neighboring Georgia not avert from their matters and responsibilities for any statements and attempts ‘to use international mechanisms’ from their side will be considered as interference with the internal affairs of the sovereign state.

Tskhinval, January 31, 2012