Republic of South Ossetia is located оn the southern slopes of the Main Caucasus Range in the area of 3900 square meters. Тhe capital is the city of Tskhinval.
One-tenth of the surface occupied by the Republic of the foothills.
The rest of the territory - the mountainous terrain height from 850 to 3938 meters above sea level.
The highest point - Mount Halatsa (3938 m).

Comment by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

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As Giorgi Margvelashvili stated in his annual report to the Parliament made on March, 31, the main objectives for Georgia are unity and integrity of the state. For this reason “Abkhazia and South Ossetia should obligatory be deokkupated”. Alongside with this Georgian leader considered valuable to show care of “the Abkhazian and the Ossetian identity preservation, political and cultural rights of the people exercising that can be guaranteed by the European Georgia”.


The main addressee of such declarations made by Georgia has always been western audience inexperienced in subtlety of Tbilisi word usage; the purpose has been improvement of not very respectable image of the Georgian state and attempt to convince the Western world that Georgia was a regional “democracy beacon” that needed a great support. Hardly there would be any Georgian politician who sincerely is counting on short memory and total absence of common sense of the Ossetians. They understand in Georgia that South Ossetia will never forget and won't forgive the genocide, the ethnic cleanings, the destructive bombing of Tskhinval and the invasion of Georgian troops in August, 2008, that immediately followed the words of the Head of Georgia about peace and brotherhood between the Ossetians and the Georgians.

Neither has anybody beared responsibility for the crimes committed against humanity in relation to Ossetian people nor any political act condemning these crimes was adopted in Georgian state. Moreover, Georgia goes on increasing military potential and cherishing revanchist ambitions, expecting to seize Ossetian lands when occasion offers. It is not coincidence that Tbilisi has been refusing flatly to sign the legally binding document on non-use of force against South Ossetia and Abkhazia for more than six years.

It will take time for Georgian authorities to realize the developed realities and give up the claims for neighbors’ lands. Unfortunately, the misperception of reality and territorial claims of Tbilisi remains an obstacle for development of the country, prevent from returning to normal conditions of life as well as from establishing good neighbourliness with the Republic of South Ossetia. As for the “ritual spells” that sound from Tbilisi tribunes, they can impress only those who are worlds away from South Caucasus and the understanding of its regional problems.


April 2, 2015, Tskhinval