Statement by the Chairman
of the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General
12-13 February 2007,
From 12 to 13 February
2007, senior representatives of the Group of Friends of the
Secretary-General met in Geneva under the chairmanship of the United
Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping. Together with the
Special Representative of the Secretary-General, the Friends discussed
the United Nations-led Georgian-Abkhaz peace process and ways to promote
the dialogue between the parties, in particular the implementation of
Security Council Resolution 1716 (2006). Representatives of the Georgian
and Abkhaz sides took part in the meeting.
Ethnic Germans Cut Adrift
Sukhum, Lavrenty Gart, 71,
remembers vividly when the secret police came for his mother after war
broke out with Nazi Germany in 1941. He himself wouldn't have survived
were it not for his neighbors.
His neighbors -- Poles, Armenians and
Georgians -- hid him and family members even though they were Germans.
"It saved us," said Gart, now head of the
Society of Germans in Abkhazia. "Nobody asked what nationality you were.
There was that kind of friendship among different peoples."
Abkhazia has long been known as a land
where an array of peoples, cultures and ethnicities overlap. As early as
the sixth century B.C., historian Edward Gibbons noted, 132 tongues
could be heard in the marketplace here.
"We have always been multinational," said
Maxim Gunjia, Abkhazia's deputy foreign minister. Unfortunately, he
added, many groups have fled the region since the 1992-93 war with
The exodus of ethnic Germans has been
expedited by a government program in Berlin enabling the people -- who
have to trace their "German-ness" through one parent's side of the
family -- to return.
A handful of German speakers remain, with
Abkhaz, Armenians and Georgians making up the bulk of the population. "We
used to have 71 members," Gart lamented. Now there are 31.
The Society of Germans in Abkhazia works
mainly as a support group. Most of the Germans here are pensioners
struggling to make ends meet.
The society meets in the Lutheran Church,
which Germans built in Sukhum in 1913 and was only returned to the
community in 1999: For nearly 80 years, the Communists banned religious
Every few months, a German priest comes to
preach at the church. They also hold German history lessons there, and
they collect information on well known German speakers who once lived in
Abkhazia. A large map of the fatherland adorns one wall.
Most important, the society lends a hand
to members when they fall ill, with one member being assigned to help
whoever needs it.
"For us, it means a lot," member Nelli
Nais said of the society.
Johannes Launhardd, the Bishop of the
Caucasus for the Evangelical Lutheran Church, noted that the church
worked closely with the broader German-speaking community.
"These are people who have to live on
their pension, and the pension they get is not enough," Launhardd said
in a telephone interview from his office in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Abkhaz pensions are 100 rubles per month.
Whenever the bishop visits, he said, the
church donates dry goods to the ethnic Germans living in Abkhazia.
"Everyone is surprised," Gart said. "They
ask how we live. This is how we live -- in poverty."
In the winter, the society meets less
often, with Sukhum residents still nervous about walking about after
dark. Until recently, the city maintained a curfew.
The society was formed in the turbulent
early 1990s, just a month before war broke out between Georgian forces
and separatists in Abkhazia.
Now, one of the only things holding it
together -- what's left of it, anyway -- is that few members have
anywhere to go.
Indeed, the German government has refused
entry to many German-speaking Abkhaz because, Gart said, they cannot
prove their ethnic identity. Even Gart can't go back to the homeland of
his forefathers, who, he said, came from Germany in the 19th century to
Ukraine; later, they were exiled to Siberia, and in 1917, they settled
"During the war, many Germans hid their
nationality before taking on Russian or Ukrainian identities," Gart said.
"They did it to save themselves ... and now they feel guilty."
While Germany welcomed ethnic Germans from
Abkhazia immediately after the 1989 collapse of the Berlin Wall, that
enthusiasm has faded, Gart said.
In fact, the immigration rules have
changed, he said, complicating the process.
A spokesman for the German Foreign
Ministry denied that the rules had changed.
Given the current state of affairs, Gart
is not planning on going anywhere and is now trying to do more here in
To help in all this, Gart said, he's
hoping the German government will throw in some money. He'd like to
assist some more ethnic Germans trying to get by. And maybe buy some
"There isn't anything apart from a
telephone," Gart said.
Abkhazia will not hold
talks if Georgia ignores UN resolution - minister
Moscow, Whether Georgia and
Abkhazia resume talks depends on Georgian compliance with a 2006 UN
Security Council resolution demanding that Tbilisi withdraw its troops
from the Kodor Gorge, Abkhaz Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba said on
"In October 2006, the UN Security Council
passed a resolution in which Georgia was strictly told that it must
withdraw its troops from the Kodor Gorge. In April, there will be
another meeting of the UN Security Council, and by that time Georgia
must decide whether or not it is going to satisfy the UN demands," he
told a news conference at the Interfax headquarters in Moscow.
Abkhaz foreign minister:
“Returning refugees to Abkhazia will provoke another Georgian-Abkhaz
“If by April 2007 Georgia starts
implementing the UN Security Council resolution, which prescribes it to
withdraw troops from Kodor Gorge, we are ready to recommence talks,”
Abkhaz Foreign Minister
Sergey Shamba announced at a news conference in Moscow today, a
REGNUM correspondent informs.
Sergey Shamba also noted that “returning
of refugees to Abkhazia is impossible until a normal situation is
established in the conflict zone. Otherwise, it will provoke
exacerbation of the situation and result in a new Georgian-Abkhaz war.”
“At present moment, as the first stage, we
return and help in adaptation of refugees in Gal District. And already
this stage is accompanied by various provocations from the Georgian side,”
Russia Issues Stern
Warning on Kosovo
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday
that granting independence to Kosovo would have "the most negative
consequences" for the Balkans and Europe, national media reported --
some of the strongest language yet on an issue that has deepened
Moscow's disagreements with the West.
The remarks were Russia's latest criticism
of a United Nations' plan that entails supervised statehood for the
troubled Balkan province. Lavrov and other officials in Russia, a
traditional ally of Serbia, have expressed concern that the plan would
give Kosovo independence, and said a deal must be negotiated and be
acceptable to both sides.
Lavrov reiterated a warning issued in
September that Russia could use its veto power in the UN Security
Council if it disagreed with a proposal by UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari,
RIA-Novosti reported. The proposal must be approved by the Security
Council to take effect.
"There exists a fairly insistent idea
among our Western partners to propose a resolution swiftly that would
approve Ahtisaari's plan," RIA-Novosti quoted Lavrov as saying.
Lavrov said Russia would only consider
such a resolution if the Serbian and Kosovo leaderships agreed on the
plan or an amended version.
"As regards Kosovo, we are convinced that
granting this territory independence will have the most negative
consequences for the region and for Europe as a whole," the news agency
quoted Lavrov as saying. "Our Western partners are convinced of the
Lavrov apparently did not say what
potential consequences he had in mind. Putin has warned the West that
granting Kosovo independence would serve as precedent for other nations
with similar cases, including pro-Russian breakaway provinces in Georgia
and Moldova, whose sovereignty claims are dismissed by the United States
Also Friday, Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia
and South Ossetia regions reiterated that they would press for
independence if Serbia's Kosovo were granted sovereignty.
"We can offer facts proving that we have
more grounds for independence than Kosovo, historically, legally and
factually," Abkhaz Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba said. "If Kosovo is
recognized ... it will set a precedent. Whether this precedent will be
applied to Abkhazia, South Ossetia and others ... is a political
question," he said.
South Ossetian Foreign Minister Murat
Dzhioyev, speaking alongside Shamba, added: "If Kosovo gets independence,
that must be applied to other countries, too."
Kosovo has been a UN protectorate since
1999, when NATO airstrikes that were adamantly criticized by Moscow
stopped Serbia's crackdown on separatist ethnic Albanian rebels.
Belgrade insists the province must remain a part of Serbia, whereas its
majority ethnic Albanians seek independence.
Serbia's new parliament Wednesday
overwhelmingly rejected Ahtisaari's plan, which entails internationally
supervised self-rule for Kosovo, including a flag, anthem, army,
constitution and the right to join international organizations.
Moscow hoping for restart
of stalled Georgia-Abkhazia talks
Moscow, Moscow hopes that
Georgia-Abkhazia talks, suspended last summer following Tbilisi's
deployment of troops close to Abkhazia's border, will be resumed soon,
Russia's Foreign Ministry said Friday.
Talks to resolve a long-running conflict
between the post-Soviet Caucasus nation and its rebellious region broke
off in July when Tbilisi moved security forces into the Kodor Gorge, the
de facto border between Abkhazia and Georgia proper, and established a
local administration formed with Abkhaz political exiles.
Officials from Russia, the United Kingdom,
Germany, France and the United States met in Geneva Friday for a session
of the UN Secretary General's Group of Friends of Georgia (GFG),
focusing on progress in the implementation of UN Security Council
Resolution 1716. The document calls for, among other things, the pullout
of Georgian armed units from Kodor.
"Moscow assesses as positive the results
of the GFG meeting held within the framework of the 'Geneva process',"
Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued after the meeting.
"We hope they will help overcome the pause in the Georgian-Abkhaz
negotiating process and lead to tangible shifts in that direction."
Abkhaz delegates to the GFG meeting
reiterated the Abkhazia's willingness to resume talks with Tbilisi, but
not until it signs a non-aggression pact and withdraws its troops and
government officials from Kodor.
Abkhazia's leadership claims Georgia's
move into the gorge violated the terms of the ceasefire agreement signed
to end a bloody war that broke out after Abkhazia proclaimed its
independence in the early 1990s.
Abkhaz Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba told
a news conference in Moscow Friday that the talks will resume if Georgia
begins the withdrawal of its forces from Kodor within the next month, in
keeping with Resolution 1716.
"If Georgia begins implementing the UN
Security Council Resolution before April, then we are in favor of the
resumption of the negotiating process," he said, adding that the council
is to hold a special session on Georgia that month.
Abkhazia has not been recognized as a
sovereign state either by Tbilisi or by the international community.
Moscow has been supporting the self-proclaimed republic's bid for
independence all along, and has said that if the United Nations grants
full sovereignty to the Serbian province of Kosovo, it should act the
same way toward Abkhazia.
Georgia's pro-Western government, which
came to power on the back of a "rose" revolution in 2003, is determined
to bring Abkhazia back under its control.
Abkhazia: Assessment of
CoE [Council of
Europe] Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg will visit
Georgia on February
12-18 to assess the human rights situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia,
as well as in the
Republic, the CoE
Tbilisi the CoE Commissioner
will meet with the country’s leaders, parliamentarians and leading human
rights experts. The visits to Abkhazia and
South Ossetia will include meetings
with de facto authorities and representatives of local civil society.
Hammarberg will assess the Georgian authorities’ activities regarding their
obligations towards the Council of Europe, especially in relation to the
treatment of national minorities, internally displaced persons, migrants
and asylum seekers.
Georgian authorities offer deeper cooperation to Abkhazia
Tbilisi, Georgian authorities have
called on Sukhum for deepening bilateral cooperation and ensuring
The appeal was made at the Geneva meeting
of Georgian and Abkhaz delegations with the Friends to Georgia Group on
February 12-13. The group is made up of the United States, Russia, the
United Kingdom, Germany and France.
Tbilisi “affirmed the importance of direct
dialog between Tbilisi and Sukhum for comprehensive political settlement
of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict,” says a statement by the Georgian State
Ministry for the Resolution of Conflicts posted in Tbilisi on Tuesday
The Georgian delegation suggested creating
“security mechanisms, which will help to restore regional peace and
stability, ensure security and rights of Gal district population, deploy
a international police force and open a human rights office in Gal,” the
Georgia “reaffirmed the supremacy of safe
return of refugees in Abkhazia in keeping with international norms and
human rights, including property rights, and expressed the readiness to
continue the economic rehabilitation of the Abkhaz conflict zone,” the
State Minister for the Resolution of
Conflicts Merab Antadze led the Georgian delegation, while Foreign
Minister Sergei Shamba was his Abkhaz counterpart.
Skard: "The Congress did not observe the local elections in Abkhazia as
they have violated the principle of the territorial integrity of
Strasbourg, The Congress did not
send observers to the local elections which were held in Abkhazia on 11
February, followed by parliamentary elections on 4 March.
Congress President Halvdan Skard said that
the holding of these elections violated the principle of the territorial
integrity of Georgia. As a result, the elections were incompatible with
European values and standards in this field. He also called on the
Georgian authorities to deploy all their efforts to guarantee stability
in the area and to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict in Abkhazia.
The Congress had observed the local
elections in Georgia on 5 October 2006 and had concluded that they
generally upheld individual freedoms, but had nonetheless emphasised
that a greater distinction needed to be made between the authorities and
the ruling party.
delations leave for UN-led Geneva talks
A Georgian delegation, led by State
Minister for Conflict Settlement Merab Antadze left for Geneva to
participate in the UN-led Georgian-Abkhaz talks scheduled for February
"During the consultations, the Georgian
side will focus on those major issues that will promote the launch of a
bilateral [Georgian-Abkhaz] dialogue, ensure security guarantees and
establish a relevant legal framework, that will finally pave a way
towards political settlement of the conflict," a statement issued by the
Georgian State Minister''s Press Office reads.
According to the statement, during the
meeting, the Georgian side will also push for "the issue of return of
refugees and internally displaced persons" to the entire territory of
Meanwhile, de facto Abkhaz Foreign
Minister, the head of Abkhaz delegation Segey Shamba said that during
the talks in Geneva the Abkhaz side will request Tbilisi to implement
the UN Security Council''s recent resolution on Georgian-Abkhaz conflict
According to Shamba, the Abkhaz delegation
will pay particular attention to the need of demilitarization of the
Kodor Valley as well as measures of pressure taken by the Georgian
special services in direction of Gal residents during the "local
Meeting in Geneva is held under the
auspices of the UN Secretary General''s Group of Friend on Georgia,
which brings together diplomats from Germany, France, Great Britain,
Russia and the United States.
Local elections in
Abkhazia can be deemed valid - official
Sukhum, Elections to local
self-government bodies in Abkhazia can be regarded valid in 90% of
electoral districts, head of the Central Elections Commission of
Abkhazia Batal Tabagua told Interfax Sunday evening.
He said elections were held at 100% of
polling stations in Gal district bordering on Georgia, in Gagra and
"At 5 p.m. the turnout was insufficient at
one polling station in Sukhum district, one in Gulripsh district and at
three in Sukhum," Tabagua added.
He said the polling stations would close
at 8 p.m. "We have almost two hours left and I think the elections will
be deemed valid at the remaining stations as well," he added.
Tabagua said the Central Elections
Commission expects to receive full information about the completion of
voting throughout the republic several minutes after the polling
Abkhazia to hold talks
with Georgia after abducted citizens freed
Sukhum, The Abkhazian leadership
does not deem it expedient to hold talks with the Georgian side before
abducted Abkhazian citizens, are freed. They are ranking officials of
the administration of the Gal district – Fridon Chakaberia and David
Sigua, said on Sunday Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh in the Gal
district, bordering Georgia, where elections to local bodies of
self-government are in progress now, as is the case all over the
Speaking at meeting with the participation
of the president’s representative Ruslan Kishmaria, the district
administration, force-wielding structures and members of election
commissions, Bagapsh said: “We take all permissible measures to free
The Abkhazian head stated that the tough
position of the Abkhazian side on this question was conveyed to the UN
mission and other international organizations, interested in settling
the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict.
“Let nobody entertain illusions concerning
the attitude of the Abkhazian leadership and people to the Gal district,”
the president said. “This is a primordial Abkhazian territory, and the
Abkhazian authorities will not abate their attention to that district.”
In connection with stepped-up operations
of saboteur and terrorist groups, sent by Georgian secret services,
Bagapsh continued, the presence of law enforcers in the Gal district was
increased and reinforced. The president added that this would take as
much time, as it would be needed to stabilize the situation there. “Any
provocative actions by the Saakashvili regime in the Gal district will
be bluntly stopped,” the Abkhazian president stated.
The president’s representative at the mass
media Kristian Bzhaniya told Itar-Tass that the turnout of population in
the Gal district is high, while the situation in the district is stable.
The president's representative flatly refuted Georgian press reports on
punitive measures by Abkhazian police, ostensibly taken in the Gal
district last night.
“There were no punitive operations. Such
statements are only propaganda by the Saakashvili regime, looking more
as hysterics,” Bzhaniya told Itar-Tass.
At the same time, Abkhazia demanded active
interference of the UN, the PACE, European and Western human rights
organizations in the process of kidnapping of Abkhazian citizens,
Bagapsh said on Sunday.
He met on Sunday with family members of
the chairman of the district election commission David Sigua in the city
of Gal, who, according to claims by Abkhazian authorities, had been
kidnapped by Georgian secret services on February 3.
Sigua’s wife and sister requested the
president to explain the situation around the abducted Sigua. Bagapsh
assured them that “the Abkhazian authorities were actively engaged in
releasing from the Georgian capture Sigua and Chakaberia, head of the
local village administration who was illegally detained by Georgian
authorities from last December 5.
Bagapsh contended that Sigua and
Chakaberia “fell victims of their political convictions, since they
openly crusaded for stabilization of the situation in the Gal district
and actively participated in the life of the district.
Abkhazia suspends all
contacts with Georgia
Sukhum, Abkhazia has suspended all
contacts with Georgia until two officials who were recently abducted in
the Gal district have been released.
"We demand that Georgia release the people
who were recently abducted in the Gal district of Abkhazia. The people
who have been abducted are Gal district elections commission chief David
Sigua and the head of a village administration. All contacts with the
Georgian side are suspended until they have been released," Abkhaz
President Sergei Bagapsh told Interfax on Friday.
"We have decided not to withdraw from
consultations in Geneva, because we view them not as a meeting with the
Georgian side, but as negotiations with UN representatives," he said.
Abkhazia suspects Tbilisi
of trying to thwart elections
Sukhum, The Abkhaz Central
Elections Commission views the recent abduction of the Gal district
election commission chairman as an act of Georgian secret services
targeted for thwarting parliament elections in Abkhazia on March 4.
“This crime shows that Georgian
authorities are using all types of political blackmail, provocative acts
and terrorism against Abkhazia. They are kidnapping people and
intimidating residents of Abkhaz districts bordering on Georgia,” runs a
Friday appeal by the Central Elections Commission of the Republic of
“Georgia is deliberately trying to keep
off Gal residents from the public and political life of the region,” the
The elections “will meet democratic norms
and laws of the Republic of Abkhazia in an atmosphere of transparency
and free appearance of voters at polling stations,” the commission said.
The commission asked the international
community “to give an objective evaluation of the Georgian conduct,
which endangers regional peace and security” and requested international
human rights organizations to assist the liberation of the abducted man.
Two of 130 candidates have withdrawn from
the election campaign, and Abkhazia has 128 candidates to 35
parliamentary mandates at present.
Tbilisi attaches great
importance to Geneva meeting with Abkhazia
Tbilisi, Georgian State Minister on
Conflict Settlement Merab Antadze said on Thursday he attaches great
importance to the upcoming Georgian-Abkhazian meeting with the Group of
Friends of UN Secretary-General on Georgia due in Geneva on February
The Group includes the U.S., Russia,
Germany, France and Britain.
Antadze will head the Georgian delegation
to the talks. Georgia’s UN envoy Irakli Alasania and a group of Georgian
experts will represent the delegation.
“At the upcoming meeting Georgia will
focus not only on the situation in the conflict zone and the settlement
of concrete problems, but also on the need to boost the process of the
large-scale conflict settlement,” he said.
“We consider it necessary to create the
conditions for safe return of refugees to Abkhazia, to implement social
and economic programs in the conflict zone, ensure security there and
restore confidence between the two parties,” he said.
“It is necessary to take concrete steps in
this direction and we hope that a meeting in Geneva will help this
process,” Antadze said.
The Abkhazian delegation will be
represented by the Foreign Minister of the unrecognised republic, Sergei
Georgia and Abkhazia have been meeting
once a year in Geneva since late 1990-s to discuss the conflict
The last meeting took place in March 2006.
Czechs explore world's
A year ago we reported on a Czech
expedition exploring the world's largest salt cave in Iran. As a
matter of fact, Czech explorers have also been to the deepest cave
in the world. Two speleologists from the city of Brno have just
returned from Abkhazia where an international expedition increased
the penetrated depth to 2,170 metres, firmly establishing the
Krubera-Voronya as the deepest cave on earth.
The Krubera-Voronya Cave is located in
the Gagra Range in Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia at the
altitude of 2,250 metres above sea level. It consists of steep
shafts, a number of meandering horizontal passages and a few sumps.
Zdenek Dvorak has taken part in expeditions to the cave since 2005
when the Russian Cavex team invited him and his colleagues to join
them. He has just spent over two weeks in Abkhazia and describes the
"The previous recorded deepest point
was at 2,158 metres. One of our colleagues from Kiev dived to the
depth of 30 metres in the lowest sump which moved the bottommost
point to 2,170 metres. So the deepest known point now is actually
To get to the bottom, explorers need
to spend many days in the cave without seeing daylight. Food, water,
ropes and diving equipment need to be transported to the place in
advance. Zdenek Dvorak says there are still unexplored parts in the
"It is definitely deeper. The entry in
is at 2,250 metres above the sea and water flows out of the cave
system either at sea level or under. So there are potentially
another 100 metres as far as depth is concerned. Lengthwise there
are still some 10-15 kilometres of passages waiting to be explored."
Abkhazia plans curfew for
Sukhum, Restrictions on the
nighttime movement of people and vehicles are planned for Abkhazia's Gal
"As a result of the recent sabotage
activity by Georgia, plans are to restrict the movement of people and
vehicles at night," representative of the Abkhaz president to the Gal
district Ruslan Kishmaria told Interfax on Monday.
"The situation has remained tense" in the
Gal district, adjacent to Georgia, he said.
It was reported earlier that David Sigua,
the chief of the Gal district elections commission in the republic of
Abkhazia, was abducted on Saturday.
Crane accident kills 2
in northern Moscow
Moscow, Two workers died in a
construction crane accident in northern Moscow on Sunday, a source at
the city prosecutor’s office told Itar-Tass.
The natives of Abkhazia and Ukraine died
at about 12:30 p.m. local time.
A criminal case was opened on the charge
of a lethal breach of construction safety rules.
Electoral com head in
Abkhazia seized by masked attackers
Sukhum, Unidentified attackers in
Abkhazia's Gal district have seized the chairman of the district
electoral commission for parliamentary elections, David Sigua, from his
Sigua was seized at 05:00 Moscow time this
Saturday, Abkhazian presidential envoy to the Gal district Ruslan
Sigua's relatives said that five masked
persons armed with submachine guns broke into his home in the central
part of the city of Gal and took him out by force. They sat him in a car
and drove away toward the lower part of the Gal district. His relatives
immediately informed police about it, and police are searching for Sigua
all over the Gal district now.
The envoy did not rule out the seizure was
linked with Sigua's active participation in Abkhazia's public life. On
December 6, at a mass meeting in Sukhum, Sigua spoke on behalf of the
Gal district's residents and called on Georgia's leaders to leave them
in peace and let them live peacefully in their motherland in Abkhazia.
Expert: Georgia supports
the alternative government to split Ossetian society
Georgia fears South Ossetia and Abkhazia’s
recognition, so it stages military provocations, South Ossetian
political analyst Gennady Kokoyev told a
commenting on the situation around South Ossetia.
According to him, “there is no need to be
a great analyst to give assessment to Georgia’s actions towards the
unrecognized republics. Everyone understands that the situation around
Kosovo is in no way unique, and unrecognized republics can be recognized
and this can happen very soon indeed. Georgia fears to death, that is
why it makes attempts to escalate tension in South Ossetia and Abkhazia
to make the international community think not about granting
independence, but about settling military conflicts accompanied by
troubles and casualties,” Kokoyev said stressing that such way is a
deadlock for Georgia.
Speaking on future scenarios of the
situation in South Ossetia, the analyst believes that “undoubtedly,
everything will be aimed at creating tension in the region, attempting
to force out the population, increase migratory trends to have an
opportunity to enter Tskhinvali without trouble.” “Such approach is
counterproductive. There is no fear or panic in South Ossetia,” the
expert said. At the same time, according to him, the Georgian government
will continue financing the so-called alternative government in order to
split Ossetian society. “It is the best way for Georgia to destabilize
the situation. All the conflicts have common ground – to establish two
conflicting parties, to split society, people and establish two camps.
Georgia will continue creating hostility between Ossetians and
Georgians,” Kokoyev concluded.