OSCE receives "disturbing" reports from South Ossetia

Georgia Materials 13 August 2008 16:25 (UTC +04:00)

The situation in the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia remains uncertain amid "disturbing reports," a representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Wednesday.

The OSCE mission in the Georgian capital Tbilisi has received "disturbing reports," including some of ethnic cleansing, but had not been able to check them out, Terhi Hakala was quoted as telling Finnish news agency STT, dpa reported.

OSCE observers had, for instance, not been able to visit the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali, Hakala said in Tbilisi.

Finland is current chair of the 56-nation OSCE that has been engaged in efforts to broker a ceasefire between Russia and Georgia in the breakaway Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.