A Mi-24 assault helicopter belonging to Russian peacekeeping troops flew over Georgian Interior Ministry's checkpoints in upper Kodori Gorge early on August 4 dropping anti-heat seeking missiles, according to the Georgian Foreign Ministry.
Through the operation in Kodori Gorge to crack down on militia fighters, the Georgian authorizes not only shattered the long-standing status quo in Abkhazia, but also gained the upper hand to attack those opposition parties that have condemned the sending of troops to the troubled gorge.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Ivanov called for an immediate monitoring of upper Kodori Gorge, where he said Georgian troops are deployed in violation of the 1994 Moscow agreement on cease-fire and separation of forces between the Abkhaz and Georgian sides.
"UN observers and Russian peacekeepers are insisting that a total inspection of the so called police forces that are currently deployed in upper Kodori Gorge be carried out," Ivanov said.
Meanwhile, Russian news agencies reported on July 31 that Georgia has sent 500 additional troops to Kodori Gorge.
South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity, who is currently visiting Moscow, said at a news conference on July 31 that Tskhinvali will provide assistance to Abkhazia in case of "aggression from Georgia," Interfax news agency reported.
"If the Abkhaz side has no other choice is forced to defend its own territory, we will render both military and humanitarian assistance to our brotherly republic," Eduard Kokoity said.
Anatoly Chaban, the Commander of the Russian peacekeeping troops in the Abkhazia conflict zone, said on July 29 that although Georgia has launched withdrawal of its troops from upper Kodori gorge, government forces still remain in the area.
"Last night we observed withdrawal of 21 vehicles [from Kodori Gorge] towards Zugdidi [in the Samegrelo region at the administrative border with Abkhazia].
Officials confirmed the death of one civilian as a result of a bombing attack by army helicopters in the village of Chkhalta where rebel warlord Emzar Kvitsiani and his militias were based overnight on July 27.
Kvitsiani himself has escaped from the area and law enforcers are now trying to hunt him down, Giorgi Arveladze, chief of the Georgian President's Administration, said at a news conference in Tbilisi at about 2 pm on July 27.
The official said that Kvitsiani and his militiamen were based in the village of Chkhalta before 2 am of July 27.
"They have used the …
At least four persons have been reportedly injured as a result of ongoing, as officials put it, "police operation" in upper Kodori Gorge, where government forces are confronting the rebel paramilitary group Monadire, which is led by former local official Emzar Kvitsiani.
Abkhaz leader Sergey Bagapsh said on July 26 that the Abkhaz side will open fire if Georgian troops enter even "one meter" into Abkhaz-controlled territory.
Government forces attacked militias in upper Kodori gorge, after local rebel warlord Emzar Kvitsiani refused to surrender, reports say.
Reports say a military convoy of Georgian troops has moved towards troubled Kodori gorge early on July 25 after crossing the northern part of the administrative border with breakaway Abkhazia.
Officials in Tbilisi have declined to comment on the reports, but Abkhaz sources say that 30 Kamaz-type trucks, 18 Niva off-road cars and two armored vehicles were dispatched towards Kodori gorge, where rebel warlord Emzar Kvitsiani and his militia are based.
Authorities are not ruling out the use of force against Kvitsiani, who announced his defiance towards the central authorities on July …
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2006-07-24 19:10:50 - Georgian Foreign Minister Gela Bezhuashvili said on July 24 that Georgia wants OSCE to increase number of its observers in South Ossetia so that the organization could expand its activities on entire territory of the breakaway region including on Roki Tunnel, which links South Ossetia with Russia's North Ossetian Republic.
President Saakashvili said on July 18 that the Georgian government will make its final decision about the Russian peacekeepers in the conflict zones after his meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, which is expected to take place on a sideline of CIS summit in Moscow on July 21-22.
Currently there are four versions of the draft resolution on Russian peacekeeping troops stationed in the Abkhaz conflict zone, sources in the Parliament said on July 17.
President Saakashvili said on July 11 that Georgia is committed to solve secessionist conflicts through peaceful means.
Recently the South Ossetian side has been intensively warning about possible incursion of Georgian troops, which are currently participating in the large scale military exercises at the Orpolo firing range.
"Troops are not going from Orpolo to Tskhinvali," Saakashvili said at a news conference.
He also said that Georgia will peacefully solve the South Ossetian conflict "peacefully together with Russia, or without Russia."
He also criticized …
The authorities of breakaway South Ossetia on May 29 called for high-level talks between the Georgian, South Ossetian and Russian leadership with participation of OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht, the South Ossetian Press and Information Committee reported.
The South Ossetian side said that a meeting between the top leadership of the sides should be used to sign an agreement on security guarantees and non-resumption of hostilities.
The Georgian side is against this document, as Tbilisi considers its peace plan over South Ossetian conflict resolution as …
The Georgian side assembled a ten-member group in frames of the Joint Control Commission (JCC), which along with South Ossetian, North Ossetian and Russian sides will develop a joint program on South Ossetian conflict resolution.
The members of the group are: Giorgi Volsky, Deputy Minister for Conflict Resolution Issues; Giorgi Bestavashvili, chief adviser of the Georgian President's Administration; Giorgi Guliashvili, from the Interior Ministry's Counter Intelligence Department; Gela Zoziashvili, Deputy Governor of the Shida Kartli region; Aleko Kiknadze, chief of the Defense …
The Georgian government submitted a draft law on property restitution for the victims of the South Ossetian conflict to the Parliament for consideration, Parliamentary Chairperson Nino Burjanadze said on May 15.
"It is our commitment and moral responsibility to adopt this draft law," Nino Burjanadze told lawmakers at a session of the Parliamentary Bureau, a body which develops the Parliament's schedule.
Georgia undertook a commitment to pass a law on property restitution in 1999 while joining the Council of Europe.
According to the Georgian authorities, the draft law …
Parliamentary Chairperson Nino Burjanadze said on May 10 that the government will submit its Abkhaz peace plan for consideration before the end of May.
"At the next plenary session [of the Parliament] we will discuss the government's peace plan over Abkhaz conflict resolution and very soon we will also discuss issues related with the [Russian] peacekeepers [in the Abkhaz conflict zone]," Nino Burjanadze said at the parliament's plenary session.
She also said that the format of the Abkhaz peace plan will be similar to the one proposed by the Georgian government over …
Parliamentary Chairperson Nino Burjanadze instructed on May 10 MP Shota Malashkhia, who chairs commission for territorial integrity, to study distribution of funds allocated in frames of EU funded rehabilitation program for the South Ossetian conflict zone.