Despite Scheduled Peace Talks, S. Ossetia Security Told to Return Fire Against Georgia

The security officers in the breakaway region of South Ossetia have been told by Russia-backed separatist authorities to return fire if they come under attack by Georgian forces.

The directive from the separatist authorities may raise tensions between Russia and Georgia and hamper their efforts to resolve the conflict in the region.

Both the countries have been trying to regain control over the region which has had de facto independence after the end of the 1992 civil war.

The orders were issued by the breakaway region’s top security official after a check post in the area came under heavy fire on Saturday from the Georgian village of Nikozi.

… Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have criticized the attack on military personnel and other officials have indicated that the attack could undermine the crease-fire agreement with Georgia.

Under the agreement, recently the senior officials from the two countries were invited for international talks to resolve the border issues between Georgia and Russia related to the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The one-day conference was arranged by the European Union, United Nations and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe OSCE to begin the peaceful process of resolving the issue between the countries.

But the diplomats failed to help the countries agree on proceeding with the talks as representatives from the breakaway regions were not present in the meeting.

The talks between Georgia and Russia are now postponed until November.

via AHN: Russian South Ossetia Security Ordered To Return Fire


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