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).

Commentary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

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On the speech made at PACE spring session by Prime-Minister of Georgia

On 23 April 2013 Prime-Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili made a speech at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasburg and announced the main directions and tasks in foreign policy of Georgia. He particularly said “it is known that 20 percent of the territory of Georgia was occupied by Russia in 2008”.

The so called obviousness of this fact of occupation did not raise doubts of the EU parliamentarians, the West is doing everything possible to vaccinate Georgia with democratic standards and easily forgives Tbilisi its rowdiness towards non-Georgian population including thousands of Ossetians.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of RSO was also surprised with the fact that when talking about occurrences of August 2008, Georgian leadership, followed by PACE parliamentarians, the cornerstone was war between Russian and Georgia but not the aggression of Georgia against people of South Ossetia. This one sided and delinquent position was possible because of lack of access to international tribunes for representatives of South Ossetia from where they could tell about crimes of Georgia including aggression and genocide of the South Ossetians. In this respect, South Ossetia supports initiative of the Russian delegation on providing access to the Assembly for South Ossetia and Abkhazia just like it was provided to Kosovo.

Besides, Prime-Minister of Georgia stated that “Government of Georgia made many mistakes during the last 20 years in respect of our Abkhaz and Ossetian brothers”. People of South Ossetia know that generations Georgians were brought up in context of chauvinism and xenophobia where Ossetians were not brothers but just neighbors. For some reason Ivanishvili forgot about shelling of South Ossetia as well as about the Georgian tanks that entered Tskhinval shooting helpless residents. This is probably how Georgia demonstrated love to its brothers.

It is observed that when criticism is directed only to one person this deliberately creates an impression that by removing another Georgian leader the guilty would be punished. Georgian people as always have nothing to do with the crimes of Georgia!

Nobody in South Ossetia doubts that ideas and ideology of Nazism have state continuity in Georgia. This can be proved by numerous examples, in his speech Ivanishvili stressed a number of times that is was not possible to cancel the cynical law ‘on occupied territories’ this proves again position of Georgia on South Ossetia.

Loud and false declarations of Georgian leaders from high international tribunes on peacefulness and brotherhood with Ossetian nation, suddenly manifested by the Georgians, are not trusted in South Ossetia.

Tskhinval, 25 April 2013