Azerbaijan, Baku, 9 August / Trend corr. E.Tariverdiyeva / Georgian ex-President Eduard Shevarnadze cannot forecast the current situation in the region. "I cannot predict the outcome of the recent events in South Ossetia and Abkhazia," Shevarnadze told Trend via a telephone from Tbilisi.
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.
There are casualties amongst Russian peacemakers, according to Russian media. Georgia reports
About 20 killed soldiers. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, has stated that the casualties are estimated at thousands in South Ossetia.
Today, Georgian ex-President will meet with his colleagues- political scientists to discuss the current situation in the region. "I invited my colleagues and specialists to consult about the current situation in the region," Shevarnadze said.
According to Shevarnadze, the relations between Russia and Georgia are strained. "The Russian Army is spoken to enter Tskhinvali, but the information does not represent the facts," Shevarnadze said.
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.
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