Caucasus: Ossetians Take Over a Village

Rusiko Amirejibi-Mullen r.amirejibi-mullen at
Mon Nov 10 11:00:41 UTC 2008

Ossetian nationalities living in Kutaisi intend to hold actions  
against Russian occupants

Interpressnews , November 8

Ossetian nationalities living in Kutaisi are going to hold actions  
against Russian occupants.As chairman of ‘Ossetian Union’ acting in  
Kutaisi, Vladimer Kazmachov called for Russian army to leave a press  
conference held today on behalf of Ossetian people living in Sachkhere  
and Kutaisi.Members of ‘Ossetian Union’ will visit village Perevi on  
November 12 and hold action near Russian illegal block posts.

Quoting Harold Schiffman <hfsclpp at>:

>  November 10, 2008
> Ossetians Take Over a Village
> TBILISI, Georgia — South Ossetian forces on Sunday began reinforcing a
> border in the village of Perevi, an ethnically Georgian community that
> has been absorbed into South Ossetian territory despite a Russian
> pledge to withdraw to the enclave's old boundaries. Around 1,000
> people live in Perevi, which forms a topographical gateway to South
> Ossetia on its mountainous western border. Last month, when it became
> clear that Perevi would not be returned to Georgian control, residents
> here grumbled about the presence of Russian forces, but said their
> real fear was of reprisals from their Ossetian neighbors. Georgian
> authorities said Sunday that ethnic violence could follow if Ossetian
> authorities are allowed to take charge.
> The European Union issued a statement asserting that Perevi "is
> clearly located to the west of the administrative boundary line of
> South Ossetia."
> But Eduard Kokoity, the president of South Ossetia, said Perevi
> belongs to the separatist government in Tskhinvali. "The Georgian
> leaders must have serious problems with geography. They do not even
> know where the borders of their own state are," he told Interfax, the
> Russian news agency. "We are not laying claims on territory which does
> not belong to us."
> Eteri Kusiani, a nurse who lives in Perevi and works at a hospital in
> Georgian-controlled territory, said tensions have been mounting for
> several days. She realized Ossetians were in control because her
> teenage son was stopped as his bus crossed the checkpoint. Ossetian
> soldiers asked all the young men on the bus stand in a line and
> produce identification, she said. "They are checking all the cars to
> see if anyone is bringing guns to the village," she said. Ms.
> Vartanyan reported from Tbilisi, and Ms. Barry from Moscow.
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