Border with Russia remains closed

from United Nations Association of Georgia
Published on 06 Sep 2004
North Ossetian section of the Georgian-Russian border remains closed by the Russian authorities, following the terrorist act in North Ossetian town of Beslan.

"The border is closed from the Russian side and movement across the border is impossible. It is also unclear yet how long the borders will be closed," Shalva Londaridze, a spokesman for the Georgian Border Guard Department told Civil Georgia on September 6.

RIA Novosti news agency reported on September 6 quoting Russia's North Caucasus regional border guard service official, that total of 320 people were denied to cross the North Ossetian section of border this weekend at the Verkhni Lars and Nizhniy Zaramag border checkpoints.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who paid a brief visit to North Ossetian town of Beslan on September 4 after the bloody end of school siege, ordered to close borders of North Ossetian Republic.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said, while addressing the National Security Council session on September 4, that he also ordered the Georgian Border Guard Department to heighten control on border with Russia.

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