Tensions in the North Caucasus will not be transferred to Georgia - Mikheil Saakashvili
Georgia, Tbilisi, Aug. 30 /Trend, N.Kirtskhalia/
Georgia will never allow the export to the country of the current unrest in the North Caucasus, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said in his special address on Wednesday night.
"Today we are in a completely different situation than in the 90s, when our neighbor one could have moved the violence and unrest in Georgia, which led to the events in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region, Georgia's Pankisi Gorge, which was followed by civil war. Different now, and our government will not allow transfer of the North Caucasus instability on its territory, "- he stressed.
Saakashvili called the "brothers from the North Caucasus to respect Georgia's position and not to resort to attempts to destabilize the situation." "I want to appeal to the North Caucasian brothers - we have a slender vision of our unity and the future, as a single Caucasian community, and we are open to peace talks, which supports Georgia declared a unilateral visa regime, but we will not allow any armed entry into Georgia. We encourage you do not have to be blind weapon in provocation, "- said the president of Georgia.
Saakashvili said that two days ago a well-armed and well-trained armed group, which took up the kidnapping of hostages, arrived in Georgia. "We have taken measures, held talks with the bandits to surrender, but repeatedly turned down. During the capture of the last group of hostages followed the shooting, which led to the elimination of one of the men, and then the shooting started. Eventually eliminated most of the militants, we have lost three people and I want to bring my condolences to their families. Really hard for me to say that our military have died, but they died for the freedom and peace of the country. All of us, I and my government, and the guys that are on our guard country, is soldiers of Georgia", Saakashvili said.
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Wednesday night leads pursuit operation in the gorge Lopota to free the hostages and arrest the armed group of saboteurs, discovered before the close to the border with Dagestan.
According to security officials, to Georgia from Russia penetrated group of saboteurs, which captured three groups of hostages from among civilians. In the group of hostages were at 2-3.
At this time, all the hostages released, eliminated 11 militants, six and is surrounded by an operation to neutralize them.