"West Should Wake up and Understand Seriousness of Situation in Georgia" – Georgian President

Politics Materials 8 August 2008 18:32 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 8 August / Trend corr. R.Novruzov / The West should wake up and understand seriousness of the current situation in Georgia, the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, said in an interview to the CNN channel on 8 August.

"We are a small state, but we have always fought for freedom, democracy and will struggle for territorial integrity of the country," the President said.

According to Saakashvili, Russia makes a show of as it listens to the international opinion. However, as for Tsinkhvali Russia took a control over this area.

Russia provoked the conflict between Georgia and Tsinkhvali . The Russian militaries crossed the border on 8 August at 00:00a.m and Georgia had to undertake corresponding measures.

In the beginning of 1990, South Ossetia, having the status of autonomies within Georgia, proclaimed its independence with the support of Russia. A military conflict resulted in lost of control over the territories by official Tbilisi. The countries worldwide and international organizations have not recognized independence of South Ossetia. The peaceful negotiations for more than ten years have not yielded any results. In the early morning of 8 August, large-scale military operations commenced in the unrecognized South Ossetia Republic. Information was provided that the Georgian military people entered Tsinkhvali in the early morning. Official Tbilisi describes the events as "re-establishment of constitutional disciplines". The unrecognized South Ossetia Republic asks Russia to provide military assistance. In the morning of 8 August, mobilization of the reserved military people was declared. This information was provided by the President of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, through Georgian television. According to the information, over the past years, more than 100,000 people passed military training and were reserved. The trained people are under age of 25-45 years.      

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