About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 14:40 - 26 Oct.'16
South Ossetia Detains Georgian Peacekeepers, Deploys Troops into Georgian Villages
/ 8 Jul.'04 / 10:57
Civil Georgia

Ossetian militia groups at the entrance of Tskhinvali

Following the detention of Russian peacekeepers’ trucks loaded with arms on July 7, South Ossetian militia groups detained dozens of Georgian peacekeepers deployed in the conflict zone overnight on July 7-8. Georgian State Minister Goga Khaindrava, who is in charge of the conflict resolution issues, said on July 8 that the situation in the conflict zone is “alarming.”

He said that around 50 Georgian peacekeepers have been detained and taken to the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali, after being disarmed by the South Ossetian militia groups. “We regard the detained Georgian peacekeepers as hostages that are in the hands of Kokoev’s [South Ossetian de facto] regime,” Goga Khaindrava told Rustavi 2 television on July 8.

The Georgian State Minister also said that South Ossetian militia groups are deployed in several Georgian villages in the region of South Ossetia. “We have information that in the village of Vanati [populated by ethnic Georgians], South Ossetian armed groups are carrying out search operations in attempts to find weapons there,” Khaindrava said.

Georgian Imedi and Rustavi 2 televisions also reported that the Georgian populations living in the breakaway region are demandin that the Georgian authorities distribute arms “for self-defense” purposes. However, State Minister Goga Khaindrava called on those people to remain calm.

“No arms will be distributed. The Georgian government is capable of dealing with the problem. The situation is alarming, but there is no reason for panic,” he said.

“This is a provocation and the Georgian government will do everything in order to prevent any further deterioration of the situation. We will not yield to this provocation,” the Georgian State Minister added. He also said that Georgia will dispatch additional troops in the region “if necessary.”

Talks between Gogi Tatukhashvili and Viacheslav Nabdzorov, the Commander of the Georgian Internal Troops and the Commander of the Russian peacekeeping troops in the conflict zone, resepecfully, are planning to meet on July 8 to discuss the recent developments in the region.

Tensions in breakaway South Ossetia flared after Georgian internal troops and peacekeepers intercepted an arms convoy deployed in the conflict zone, which belonged to Russian peacekeepers .

The Georgian side seized two trucks loaded with arms that triggered protests from Moscow. The Russian Foreign Ministry, which demanded the immediate return of arms, accused the Georgian side of “forceful actions” in the conflict zone and described the arms seizure as “a provocation.”

“We have demonstrated that we will not tolerate the movement of unauthorized arms through Georgian territory,” said Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania on July 7.

Latest News
26 Oct.'16 14:40
PM Speaks of Possible Minor Changes in Government
“No merger of ministries from the government’s economic bloc is planned,” Kvirikashvili said.
24 Oct.'16 17:05
New Secretary of NSC Appointed
Davit Rakviashvili, former deputy state minister for reintegration, was appointed to this position.
24 Oct.'16 16:37
CEC Summarizes Proportional, Majoritarian MP Election Results
77 seats in the new Parliament will be allocated to three parties under the proportional representation.
24 Oct.'16 14:05
Some UNM Leaders Slam Roelofs’ Decision to Withdraw from MP Runoff
Ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili denied any involvement in the decision of his wife. 
23 Oct.'16 14:34
Repeat Elections in Four Precincts Go to Runoffs
UNM and GD candidates will compete in the second rounds in Marneuli and Zugdidi.
22 Oct.'16 20:39
Polls Closed, Vote Count Underway
Outcome of repeat elections will decide whether runoffs will be required in Marneuli and Zugdidi.
22 Oct.'16 14:11
CEC: Voter Turnout in Four Precincts by Noon
The highest voter turnout was recorded in precinct No.108 in the village of Jikhashkari by noon.
22 Oct.'16 11:00
Polls Open for Repeat Elections in Four Precincts
Repeat vote should decide whether races for Zugdidi and Marneuli majoritarian MP seats go into runoff.
21 Oct.'16 19:24
One Soldier Dead After Army Truck Overturns in Eastern Georgia
Accident occurred near the village of Bodbe when the truck was transporting 37 soldiers.
21 Oct.'16 13:50
Final Results of Adjara Elections
4 parties cleared threshold: GDDG - 45.13%; UNM - 29.62%; Burjanadze’s party - 5.89%, APG - 5.7%.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2016, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.