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Russian border work is continuing, Georgia protests

by | Sep 18, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch–Russian soldiers are continuing to install wire fences along the border with South Ossetia in the village Ditsi.

The fence now run a few meters from the house of the Beruashvili family. But locals say the three houses, which it seemed might end up on the other side are no longer in danger of that.

Tbilisi has sent a note of protest to Russia and called on the international community to react to what is happening.

Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, Deputy Minister of Reintegration, on Wednesday said Georgia will raise this issue at the next round of the Geneva talks, which have been held about twice per year after the Russia-Georgia war in August 2008.

“We will use every format of talks in order to get acute reactions from the international community,” she said.

It is still unknown what will happen to the cemetery in Ditsi, which lies close to the de facto border.

A reporter for Interpressnews reports that Russian soldiers are not allowing locals access to the cemetery anymore.

Georgian law enforcers and representatives of the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) remain in the village.

Russian soldiers first started installing wire fences in May and moved the border 300 meters into Georgian-controlled territory.

Despite expressions of concern by the international community, the soldiers are continuing the demarcation process.

James Appathurai, NATO Deputy Assisstant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, on Wednesday responded to the development on his Facebook page.

“Concerned about reports that Russian forces in Georgia have resumed installing fences at the administrative boundary line with South Ossetia,” Appathurai writes. “Again, this violates the agreement and makes political progress more difficult. As EUMM says, all parties should show restraint.”



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