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  South Ossetia
The term "South Ossetia", for instance, has never been accepted by the Georgian side, as it seems to prompt demands for reunification with North Ossetia, which is a part of the Russian Federation.
Conflicts in South Ossetia became a political issue as a result of an attempt by the South Ossetian Supreme Soviet to upgrade the status of the AO.
South Ossetia, a land that seems to have been forgotten by the outside world: no ties with Georgia, and hence no supplies from there; almost no attempt made (for lack of financial resources) to rebuild what has been destroyed in the war; factories idle, with the population engaged in subsistence farming.
www.policy.hu /~gomelauri/south_ossetia.html   (1537 words)

  
  South Ossetia - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
South Ossetia (Ossetian: Республикӕ Хуссар Ирыстон, Respublikæ Xussar Iryston; Russian: Южная Осетия, Yuzhnaya Osetiya; Georgian: სამხრეთ ოსეთის ავტონომიური ოლქი, Samkhret Oseti) is a self-proclaimed republic within the internationally recognized borders of Georgia.
The Republic of South Ossetia is not a territorially contiguous entity.
South Ossetia covers an area of about 3,900km² on the southern side of the Caucasus, separated by the mountains from the more populous North Ossetia (part of Russia) and extending southwards almost to the Mtkvari river in Georgia.
www.arikah.com /encyclopedia/South_Ossetia   (2817 words)

  
 Caucasus Foundation
South Ossetia covers 3.900 square km and in 1989 had 99.000 inhabitants, 66 percent Ossets and 29 percent Georgians.
South Ossetia is in a situation of permanent economic crisis and there is a lack of almost everything including jobs, clothes, food heating and electricity.
In 1990-91, when the South Ossetia parliament was still dominated by leaders from the Soviet period, the main claim was still to became part of the Russian Federation.
www.kafkas.org.tr /english/bgkafkas/bukaf_gosetya.html   (662 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Country profiles | Regions and territories: South Ossetia
Mountainous South Ossetia, which is in Georgia, is separated from North Ossetia, which is in Russia, by the border between the two countries running high in the Caucasus.
South Ossetia is inhabited mostly by ethnic Ossetians who speak a language remotely related to Farsi.
South Ossetia, its economy and infrastructure a shambles and crime rife, faded from the headlines.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/europe/country_profiles/3797729.stm   (874 words)

  
 South Ossetia
South Ossetia covers 3.900 square km and in 1989 had 99.000 inhabitants, 66 percent Ossets and 29 percent Georgians.
South Ossetia is in a situation of permanent economic crisis and there is a lack of almost everything including jobs, clothes, food heating and electricity.
In 1990–91, when the South Ossetia parliament was still dominated by leaders from the Soviet period, the main claim was still to became part of the Russian Federation.
www.hartford-hwp.com /archives/63/129.html   (662 words)

  
 South Ossetia: Russian, Georgian...independent? Shaun Walker - openDemocracy
South Ossetia is a bite-sized chunk of land on the southern slopes of the Caucasus mountains, one of four "breakaway states" that - along with fifteen recognised nation-states - emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union (the other three are Abkhazia, Transdniestria, and Nagorno-Karabakh).
South Ossetia was part of the Georgian republic within the Soviet Union, but in the early 1990s tried to gain autonomy from Tbilisi, which led to violent clashes in which many died and thousands were made refugees, both Georgian and Ossetian.
The South Ossetian leadership, despite having legitimate grievances against the Georgians, is mired in suspicion and introspection, making endless statements about "provocations" and "conspiracies" from the Georgian side, but reluctant to let in people (such as foreign journalists, regional analysts and constitutional experts) to whom they could put their side of the story.
www.opendemocracy.net /democracy-caucasus/south_ossetia_4100.jsp   (1897 words)

  
 Ossetia - WikIran   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Ossetia (Ossetic: Ирыстон, Iryston; Russian: Осетия, Osetiya) is an ethnolinguistic region in the northern Caucasus Mountains, primarily inhabited by the Ossetians, an Iranian people who speak the Ossetic language, (an Indo-Iranian language.) It's territory currently occupies the political divide between North Ossetia-Alania in Russia, and South Ossetia in Georgia.
Georgia disagreed, claiming that South Ossetia was an integral part of Georgia, and a civil war ensued.
South Ossetia is now considered a part of Georgia, but large parts of the region (including the capital of Tskhinvali) are politically independent.
www.wikiran.org /w/index.php?title=Ossetia   (268 words)

  
 Ossetia. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: )
On the southern slope is South Ossetia (1990 est.
South Ossetia lost its autonomous region status by an act of the Georgian Supreme Soviet in 1990.
In Apr., 1992, the South Ossetian Autonomous Region was reestablished in Georgia.
www.bartleby.com /65/os/Ossetia.html   (508 words)

  
 South Ossetia to Elect Two Presidents - Kommersant Moscow
South Ossetia goes to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new president and the independence of the breakaway republic.
South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity said on Friday “South Ossetia has more rights to be recognized than Kosovo and Montenegro.” He said the country would secure independence by “peaceful ways”.
South Ossetia has never been part of Georgia, and it should unite with “its brothers in North Ossetia” [in Russia], Kokoity told the press yesterday.
www.kommersant.com /p720847/South_Ossetia_Elections   (436 words)

  
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South Ossetia broke away from Georgia in the early 1990s after a war that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In North Ossetia, ethnic Ingush refugees in the Prigorodnyi (literally "Suburban") region around the capital Vladikavkaz were demanding the re-attachment of that region (severed by Stalin) to Ingushetia.
In South Ossetia, Russia brokered an agreement providing for the deployment of a tripartite Russian, Georgian, and Ossetian force to guarantee civil peace and encourage residents to return there.
www.lycos.com /info/south-ossetia--north-ossetia.html   (515 words)

  
 International Institute for Strategic Studies - July 26th - - Russia Profile - South Ossetia Looks North
South Ossetia is the smallest of the four non-recognized entities that still smolder in the ruins of the Soviet Union, and it vies with Nagorno-Karabakh as perhaps the least viable independent state.
But given South Ossetia’s population of less than 70,000, a lack of even rudimentary economic infrastructure, and just a single passable road that leads somewhere besides Georgia, the idea of South Ossetian independence is little short of absurd.
South Ossetians claim that they voluntarily joined Russia in the eighteenth century and have never left it, explaining their presence in Georgia as the result of the largely arbitrary nature of Soviet national boundaries, which have caused chaos across the post-Soviet space.
www.iiss.org /whats-new/iiss-in-the-press/press-coverage-2006/july-2006/south-ossetia-looks-north   (3174 words)

  
 Wide Angle . Beslan: Siege of School #1 . Interactive Map: What is the North Caucasus? | PBS
The South Ossetian terrain is mountainous and its primary economic source is agriculture, though less than 10% of South Ossetian land is cultivated.
South Ossetia's primary struggle is with independence from Georgia, which has been in command of the South Ossetian territory in one form or another since the early Middle Ages.
In 1992 the debate between South Ossetia and Ingushetia over who has the right to occupy the Prigorodny region continued, but Georgia and South Ossetia agreed to stop the violence and a peacekeeping force comprised of Russians, Georgians, and Ossetians was established after strong urging from Russia.
www.pbs.org /wnet/wideangle/shows/beslan/map_south.html   (644 words)

  
 News: Caucasus (Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia), South Ossetia braced for new referendum
South Ossetians do not expect the international community to recognise the results of the referendum, but argue that it is important to proclaim in public their wish to see South Ossetia as an independent state, separate from Georgia.
Some politicians in South Ossetia see the new referendum initiative as a campaign ploy by Kokoity, saying he is trying to win popularity and boost turnout in the presidential poll.
Yuri Morozov, South Ossetia's prime minister, responded, "We are holding a referendum not for the OSCE or Council of Europe.
www.reliefweb.int /rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/MYOO-6UY3Q8?OpenDocument   (1049 words)

  
 Georgia: South Ossetia To Vote In Independence Referendum
Georgia: South Ossetia To Vote In Independence Referendum By Jeffrey Donovan PRAGUE, November 10, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia is set to hold a referendum this weekend on whether to proclaim itself -- again -- an independent state.
The citizens of the republic of South Ossetia who were just 3 or 4 years old at the time haven't had the opportunity to vote on the future of their people," Kokoity said.
South Ossetians, who are descended from ancient Asian tribes and speak a language remotely related to Farsi, have traditionally warm ties with Moscow but no ethnic links.
www.isria.info /FILES/2006/NOVEMBER/11112006__16.htm   (956 words)

  
 ISN Security Watch - South Ossetia, Kosovo and sustainability   (Site not responding. Last check: )
South Ossetia's de facto president, Eduard Kokoity, was also "re-elected" in a second vote held simultaneously with the independence referendum.
However, Sanakoev won in alternative presidential polls in South Ossetia held in towns populated by ethnic Georgians, and he is likely to be acknowledged by Georgian authorities as the legitimate leader of the republic.
Freizer said South Ossetia could not sustain itself as an independent nation at this point, as it was strongly dependent on Russia for everything from financial and military aid to administrational assistance.
www.isn.ethz.ch /news/sw/details.cfm?id=16937   (1499 words)

  
 Measuring South Ossetia by Kosovo - Kommersant Moscow
Moscow's reaction to the presidential elections and the referendum on independence in South Ossetia came after several CIS republics, the leading countries of the West, and key international organizations had already had their say.
"The pseudoreferendum that was held on September 17, 2006 in the Transdneistr region of the Republic of Moldova and the illegitimate referendum in South Ossetia are coordinated actions aimed at disrupting the efforts of the international community to settle conflicts in the post-Soviet sphere," said the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On October 12, deputies in the South Ossetian parliament appealed to the governments of the Russian autonomous republics of North Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkariya, and Karachayevo-Cherkessia with the request to recognize Georgia's responsibility for genocide committed against South Ossetians in 1920 and 1989-1992.
www.kommersant.com /p721626/South_Ossetia_by_Kosovo   (1100 words)

  
 ScienceDaily: South Ossetia looks to break from Georgia
Ethnic Georgians living in South Ossetia, meanwhile, organized a parallel vote that some said undermines the referendum's claim to be representative of the region.
South Ossetian forces killed four men who were said to be planning terrorist attacks at the polls, the BBC said.
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www.sciencedaily.com /upi/?feed=TopNews&article=UPI-1-20061112-10350000-bc-georgia-southossetia.xml   (1687 words)

  
 Foreign Policy In Focus - Self-Determination - Regional Conflict Profile - Ossetia
After South Ossetia declared independence (not internationally recognized, and as distinct from sovereignty) on November 28, 1991, Georgia in April 1992 reestablished the South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast.
On 8 April 2001, South Ossetia held a referendum on proposed changes to its constitution that were intended to increase presidential power.
Because the referendum was held by the "Republic of South Ossetia" on its own initiative without central Georgian participation, the EU and the OSCE condemned it, declaring it illegal and void.
www.fpif.org /selfdetermination/conflicts/ossetia_body.html   (1295 words)

  
 International Crisis Group - 159 Georgia Avoiding War in South Ossetia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
South Ossetia must enter a real dialogue with Georgia on its status and not use the winter to force Georgian villagers still in South Ossetia to leave their homes.
For the negotiations that are needed with Russia, South and North Ossetia to succeed, Georgia must show it is putting in place political, economic, legal, and social conditions to guarantee Ossetians equal rights in a multi-national and democratic state.
Open discussion on the status of South Ossetia with local and international experts, including experts from the parties to the conflict, with a view to developing a comprehensive concept within the framework of an overall administrative-territorial reform of Georgia.
www.crisisgroup.org /home/index.cfm?id=3128&l=1   (1531 words)

  
 United Press International - NewsTrack - Top News - South Ossetia looks to break from Georgia
Ethnic Georgians living in South Ossetia, meanwhile, organized a parallel vote that some said undermines the referendum's claim to be representative of the region.
South Ossetian forces killed four men who were said to be planning terrorist attacks at the polls, the BBC said.
Also, the former South Ossetia minister reportedly was shown on television allegedly confessing to a plot to kill the breakaway region's president.
www.upi.com /NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20061112-090900-4795r   (298 words)

  
 Russia Profile - South Ossetia Looks North   (Site not responding. Last check: )
South Ossetia is the smallest of the four non-recognized entities that still smolder in the ruins of the Soviet Union, and it vies with Nagorno-Karabakh as perhaps the least viable independent state.
But given South Ossetia’s population of less than 70,000, a lack of even rudimentary economic infrastructure, and just a single passable road that leads somewhere besides Georgia, the idea of South Ossetian independence is little short of absurd.
South Ossetians claim that they voluntarily joined Russia in the eighteenth century and have never left it, explaining their presence in Georgia as the result of the largely arbitrary nature of Soviet national boundaries, which have caused chaos across the post-Soviet space.
www.russiaprofile.org /international/2006/7/26/4123.wbp   (3063 words)

  
 South Ossetia Braced for Conflict
Then, early on the morning of July 9 the secretary of South Ossetia’s security council, Oleg Alborov, was killed by a remote-controlled bomb as he was opening the doors of his garage.
The South Ossetian authorities accused the Georgian government of plotting Alborov’s assassination – although some locals are inclined to point to other causes, such as an incident in which Alborov shot dead a teenager trying to highjack his car.
Boris Chochiev, South Ossetia’s chief negotiator in the talks with Georgia, commented, “The ‘party of war’ in the Georgian leadership is taking the lead.
www.iwpr.net /?p=crs&s=f&o=322570&apc_state=henh   (1364 words)

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