Russia blockades peaceful initiatives in Georgian conflict zones

Politics Materials 23 February 2009 14:19 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb. 23 / Trend , N.Kirtskhalia/

Tbilisi accuses Moscow of preventing peaceful initiatives in the conflict zones.

"Russia is trying to disrupt peaceful resolution to the conflicts," the Georgian Foreign Ministry News Department announced.

The statement was made after Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Tsitov referred to the so-called "Kosovo precedent" in Georgia in an interview with Interfax.

"We saw the vain attempts of Russian officials to delude the international community. Now we are focusing our attention on the cynicism of this high-ranking ministry official when he referred to responsible actions by the unrecognized republics. Tsitov must have been talking about murdering local residents, conducting terror acts against Georgian officials, shelling villages and violating human rights," the department said.

Tsitov did not mention the initiatives proposed by Georgia or the international community to resolve the conflicts.

The full-scale military aggression in August ended with the occupation of 20 percent of Georgia's territory, ethnic cleansing and attempts to change the border of a sovereign country, the department said.

"Russian officials feel isolated due to their criminal policies against Georgia in the 1990s," the report said.

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