Georgian citizens detained by separatists liberated through negotiation
Georgia, Tbilisi, April 5 / Trend N.Kirtskhalia /
Officers of the Analytical Department of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Police Headquarters of Shida Kartli region held intensive negotiations with the de-facto separatist authorities of Tskhinvali region resulting in liberation of 6 detained Georgian citizens.
On September 19, 2012 the resident of Dusheti municipality Malkhaz Titvelashvili and the resident of Lamiskana village of Kasp municipality Givi Iluridze were detained for illegal border crossing by Russian militants in the forest near Odzisi village. On March 9 this year, South Ossetian police detained residents of Maksisubani settlement Vakhtang Baliashvili and David Vatiashvili. On March 30 spouses living in Orguli village of Sachkheri municipality Ramaz and Maya Bakhturidze were detained in Java.
The de-facto authorities of the Tskhinvali region freed the detained citizens during the last 10 days.
Large scale military actions were launched in South Ossetia in Georgia on August 8, 2008.
Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military. Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia late in August. Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow in response and has declared the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.