Georgia’s Goal Remains Conquest of South Ossetia: Government
Republic News Agency
November 23, 2012
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia: the goal of Tbilisi is the same – to establish control over South Ossetia
Edited by RR
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia
Twenty-three years ago, November 23, 1989, on the outskirts of Tskhinval a march of tens of thousands of Georgian extremists, organized by leaders of the nationalist movements, through complicity of the authorities of Georgia was stopped. The march to Tskhinval was aimed at intimidating the Ossetians which would be followed by their expulsion from the territory of South Ossetia.
That plan of the Georgian nationalists was thwarted, however. Those November days were a prologue to the long struggle of the people of South Ossetia for the right to life, liberty, and human dignity.
The repeated armed invasions by Georgian gunmen and army units in South Ossetia in 1990-1992, in 2004 and 2008 and their barbaric atrocities have cost the people of South Ossetia enormous victims and immeasurable suffering.
Thousands of our fellow citizens have become the victims of the armed aggression and genocide carried out by different regimes in Georgia over the past twenty years. The only possible way for Ossetians to withstand and survive was to restore their independent statehood.
Now the Republic of South Ossetia is a country that has obtained international recognition.
In Georgia [the government] still does not want to recognize the current reality and continues to dream of revenge. Georgia’s new authorities are camouflaging their intentions with regard to South Ossetia by rhetorical tricks, talking about the possibility of all sorts of bonuses and economic benefits to attract Ossetians. The goal of Tbilisi has remained the same – to establish its control over South Ossetia.
Imperial ambitions, which have been nurtured in Tbilisi, are unrelated to South Ossetia. Georgia has never had a legal right to the territory of South Ossetia, which was included in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1922, against the will of the Ossetian people. By the denunciation of all acts adopted in 1921, Georgia in 1990 completely destroyed any state-legal basis for the maintenance of South Ossetia in its composition.
The people of South Ossetia have repeatedly reaffirmed the will for independence at referendums in 1992, 2001 and 2006. South Ossetia’s status is determined by its people and is not negotiable. For over 20 years, South Ossetia has been an independent state; since 2008 it has won international recognition. This objective reality is undeniable and, sooner or later, Georgia will also have to admit that.
If the new Georgian government really wants to normalize relations with the Republic of South Ossetia, first of all they must agree to sign a legally-binding agreement on the non-use of force, to accept responsibility for the genocide of the people of South Ossetia, to punish the perpetrators of crimes against our people and to make up for all the damage caused to our country. Only on this basis can good-neighbourly relations between the Republic of South Ossetia and Georgia be established. Any other ideas that seem enticing to the new Georgian leadership will not be accepted by the people of South Ossetia.