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Violation of the Medvedev-Sarkozy agreements near South Ossetia

(B2)A Georgian police officer died and six others were injured in two consecutive explosions north of Dvani, on the border of South Ossetia, this Sunday morning (March 29) around 9 a.m. The first Georgian police vehicle hit a mine, killing one and injuring four. The second explosion occurred when a team arrived to help the first, leaving two other police officers injured.

These types of incidents are rather vicious. Because it appears that a deliberate intention to kill has been fairly regular at the administrative borders of Ossetia or Abkhazia since the conflict in August, as I had already reported on this blog, after a report on place (read palpable tension, repeated incidents). And we do not really discern the perpetrators of these terrorist crimes (Ossetians or Abkhazians, Russians or Georgians, regular troops or semi-mafia).

This attack was condemned by European observers, as "a totally unacceptable violation of the Sarkozy – Medvedev agreements“, explains Hansjörg Haber, the head of the European observer mission “EUMM” in Georgia in a communicated. "We expect this incident to be carefully investigated on both sides of the administrative border of South Ossetia and those responsible to be brought to justice".

Strong political tension. This incident also occurs at a time of intense political tension. The government is struggling with the opposition. Demonstrations are planned from April 9 to demand the resignation of President Saakashvili, accused by certain opposition political figures, such as his former defense minister. Irakli Okruashvili "to be a worse threat than the Russians to Georgia“. Around ten opponents were arrested in the process of buying weapons in order to provoke riots in what looks more like a clever staging than a real plot.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).