Shootings in Zone of Georgian-Osetin Conflict Forwarded against Georgian Peacekeeping Troops: Georgian General
Georgia, Tbilisi /corr. Trend N.Kirskhalia / "The shootings in the zone of Georgian-Osetin conflict were initiated by the Osetian side and were forwarded against the Georgian peacekeeping troops," the Commander of the Georgian peacekeeping troops in the conflict zone, General Mamuk Kurashvili, reported to Trend on 27 September.
On 26 September the Georgian and Russian sources of media spread information on shootings from heavy arms from the Georgian-Osetin village of Prisi, Georgian villages of Nokozi and Eredvi. Several shells exploded near the houses of the local residents and several victims are reported.
"Systematic provoking is going on against Georgia. The yesterday's shootings contained a concrete goal to cancel the decision to eliminate the block from the Megvreski village where the Osetin police take Georgians prisoners and beat them," the Commander said.
The Commander of the mixed peacekeeping troops, Russian General Marat Kulahmedov, who arrived in the screen, stated that yet it is difficult to say who began the shootings first. "No objective observations have been implemented in this zone, but the sides accuse each other," he said. The Russian General said that a resident of Tskhinvali received a hard wound as a result of the shootings. No victims are reported by the Georgian side although four shells exploded near the houses of the local residents in the villages of Nokozi and Eredvi.
In the morning of 27 September, peacekeeping troops were placed in the neutral zone of Ergneti, near administrative border of Georgia with South Osetia to prevent the incident.
On 27 September the Co-chair of Mixed Control Commission on Georgian-Russian settlement, Yuri Popov, arrived in Tskhinvali. He holds talks with the Head of the separatist republic.