Statements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RSO


Pertaining to NATO summit in Wales

At Wales NATO summit conducted on 4-5 September Georgia received a considerable stack of “Enhanced cooperation” that although not granting a membership in Alliance but empowers Georgia’s access to intelligence, to participation in military trainings and strengthens cooperation in defense sphere. Besides, United States through the head of Defense Ministry Chuck Hagel who met with his Georgian college in Tbilisi on September 7, called for Russia to withdraw troops from Georgian border.

During the last few years UN General Assembly has been accepting draft resolution on refugees and IDPs from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, repeating the content of the document every year, Georgia tires to impose on the International Community a one-sided, politicized and biased approach to the refugee problem to back up its illegal territorial claims.

Parliamentary elections took place in South Ossetia on 8 June 2014. More than 60% of the registered electorate participated in the vote. The voters were able to give their preferences to any of the registered nine parties that participated in the elections. International observers from 12 countries did not register a single violation of the electoral legislation and confirmed its compliance with high electoral standards. They also noted accomplishment of the electoral procedures, their transparency and absolute democracy.

On the refugee resolution accepted by the UN General Assembly

On 5 June 2014 the UN General Assembly accepted resolution on refugees initiated by Georgia. The document reflects falsified, one-sided and politicized vision of the problem imposed on the International Community by Georgia and its sponsors. The aim of the document was to claim again territories that do not belong to Georgia.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Right Ms. Navi Pillay made a number of statements on situation in South Ossetia, during her visit to Georgia, that have nothing to do with the reality. According to the High Commissioner South Ossetia became a ‘black hole’ and ‘one of the most difficult places to access’ where ‘living conditions are steadily deteriorating’ She noted that “despite the multiple attempts and appeals on behalf of the UN General Secretary, we have been denied access to Abkhazia and South Ossetia. I myself tried to get admittance but I was rejected again”.

Agreement on acceptation of Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol into Russian Federation and creation of new subjects within Russian Federation was signed today in Moscow.

South Ossetia welcomes decision on unification of Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol with Russian Federation. This event brought into life realization of the right of self determination of multinational Crimea is a triumph of historic fairness and supremacy of law.

Attention of the whole world is attached to the opening of ХХII winter Olympic Games, the opening will take place on 7 February 2014 in Russian Federation, in Sochi Russian Federation as the organizer and of the Olympic Games called on participants of armed conflicts, regardless countries and continents, to declare ‘Olympic ceasefire’ during the Olympic Games.

Even in the ancient Greece during the Olympic Games wars were stopped. This tradition to resolve armed conflicts by diplomatic means was later secured in resolution 48/11 of the UN GA dated 25 November 1993.

On 31 December 2013 President of Republic of South Ossetia Tibilov Leonid Kharitonovich issued a decree to release citizen of Georgia Jeparov Teimuraz Savelevich, sentenced in 2010 to 13 years of imprisonment by Supreme Court of Republic of South Ossetia as per article 278 of Criminal Code of RF.

South Ossetia side has stated a number of times at different international levels, including Geneva Discussions and meetings of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism, suggestions on mutual release of the detainers imprisoned in Georgia and South Ossetia.