Georgia marks anniversary of the August war on Friday with number of ceremonies with one, which involved a nationwide minute of silence at 3pm local time to commemorate those killed in the war.
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A senior U.S. diplomat said Russia must stop blocking international monitors from going into Georgia’s separatist South Ossetia region to assess reports of human rights abuses. The monitors have been unable to return to the Moscow-backed region since a war in August between Russia and Georgia, and human rights groups say that in their absence ethnic Georgians are being harassed by the separatists.
"There is, unfortunately, a silence and darkness with respect to the international monitors that has descended on South Ossetia," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried told reporters at a security conference in Helsinki. "The solution is hardly to keep monitors out of South Ossetia … Russia has an obligation, since it controls this territory, to let in international observers."
The Georgian Interior Ministry said on December 1, that the South Ossetian militias opened “intensive fire” in direction of the Georgian villages located at the administrative border in the south-east from Tskhinvali late last night. The fire was opened in direction of the villages of Mereti, Kveshi and Koshka, the Interior Ministry said. It also said that the Georgian police did not return fire.
Authorities in breakaway South Ossetia, however, have claimed that the Georgian side opened fire from the villages of Nikozi and Kveshi on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Meanwhile, head of EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), Hansjörg Haber, said in a statement on December 1, that the situation along the administrative boundary lines “is unpredictable, incidents are still occurring.” Civil Georgia
European Union observers in Georgia say they will move their offices closer to a volatile area around the breakaway province of South Ossetia. The EU mission said in a statement Monday that it will relocate its offices in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and the Black Sea port of Poti. It said the move would help the monitors respond quickly to any challenges in the tense area.
More than 200 EU monitors have been deployed to Georgia to monitor compliance with a French-brokered truce that ended Russia’s war with Georgia in August. AP
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The official Ukrainian response to Russia’s recognition of the independence of Georgia’s two breakaway provinces, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, on August 25, 2008, was not unexpected. The Ukrainian foreign ministry issued a statement on August 26 which noted: “The declaration by the Russian parliament is viewed by Ukraine as a particularly dangerous precedent which will sharply destabilize the security situation in the Caucasus region and throughout the entire post-Soviet space and will have a negative impact on the peaceful solution to inter-ethnic conflicts throughout the world” (Ukrayinska Pravda, August 26, 2008).
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Дата : 29.08.2008 17:07
Передача : Особое мнение
Ведущие : Лев Гулько
Гости : Валерия Новодворская
Л. ГУЛЬКО: Меня зовут Лев Гулько, это передача «Особое мнение», в студии журналист Валерия Новодворская. Добрый вечер.
В. НОВОДВОРСКАЯ: Добрый вечер, Лева, что это вы без противогаза?
Л. ГУЛЬКО: У меня лицо такое, что вы, какой противогаз?
В. НОВОДВОРСКАЯ: «Эхо» очень близко от Кремля расположено.
Л. ГУЛЬКО: И вы думаете, что?
В. НОВОДВОРСКАЯ: Если ракета-томогавк попадет в Кремль.
Л. ГУЛЬКО: То противогаз не поможет, я вас уверяю, поэтому я без противогаза.
В. НОВОДВОРСКАЯ: Т.е. уже ничего не поможет?
August 29 2008
By Stefan Wagstyl in London, Charles Clover in Moscow and,Geoff Dyer in Beijing
At a central Asian summit in Tajikistan, Mr Medvedev was unable to persuade Hu Jintao, the Chinese president, or other regional leaders to give explicit backing to Russia’s intervention or its decision to recognise the independence of the two breakaway regions, South Ossetia and Georgia.