Moscow voices attitude toward Georgian "march of peace" (23.08.11)
The Georgian authorities intend to carry out a large-scale provocation in connection with the third anniversary of the recognition of independence of South Ossetia on Aug.26, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
"The country plans a certain "march of peace" from the Georgian village of Odzisi to the border post on the highway leading to the South Ossetian city of Leningori. It is planned to attract 3,000 residents of the IDP camps from the Tserovani settlement, as well as expatriate from the Chechen Republic living in the Akhmeta region of Georgia.
The action agenda involves an attempt to illegally enter into South Ossetia under the slogans demanding the return of refugees to their homes," the statement reads.
According to reports, the recruitment of potential participants in the march organized as part of a planned re-registration of refugees in Georgia through the Ministry of Refugees and Resettlement, the statement reads. "The authorities widely use methods of pressure and threats. In some cases, citizens are forced to enter a subscription to attend the "march of peace"," the statement reads.
"We strongly warn the Georgian side against attempts to undertake a new adventure in the region. We hope that Tbilisi will also receive relevant unambiguous signals from other members of the international community," the ministry stated.
Military actions were launched in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia in August 2008. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia and later Russian troops occupied the city and drove the Georgian military back to Georgia. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Aug. 26 and established diplomatic relations with them on Sept. 9, 2008.
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