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Kokoity Breaks Subordination to Russian Foreign Ministry: Minister

Georgia Materials 7 August 2008 17:38 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, 7 August / Trend corr. N.Kirtskhalia/ Eduard Kokoity, leader of the Ossetian separatists, broke the subordination to Moscow and he does not wonder what the Russian Foreign Ministry thinks about settlement of the Georgian and Ossetia conflict, Georgian State Minister for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili said at a briefing on 7 August.

"We worry about it, because we cannot foresee the consequences of escalation," he stated.

Yakobashvili stressed that in the morning of 7 August he talked with Yuri Pavlov, the ambassador at large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, who is visiting Tbilisi. The Tskhinvali meeting remains in force. "Despite of Tskhinvali's statement that there are no conditions to ensure security of the sides, I am ready to head to Tskhinvali to meet with the Ossetian side. I again say it is not a meeting within the framework of the Joint Supervision Commission (JSC)" he said.

According to the State Minister, if the meeting does not take place, Russian mediation opportunities will be questioned. "In this case, we will have to apply to the international community to ask to put an end to the violation towards Georgian and Ossetian civilian population," he stated.

Yakobashvili stressed that on 7 August he would anyway visit Kurta, where South Ossetian temporary administration is located, and his visit to Tskhinvali depends on the Russian side.

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