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29 August 2008


The long roots of Georgia’s conflict - preview

Oliver Robertson tries to unravel the claims and counter-claims to find some clarity about the Georgian-Russian war

The conflict in South Ossetia – as well as in Abkhazia, another breakaway Georgian province – has long roots in history but its current form is a legacy of the early 1990s
  • South Ossetia went to war with Georgia in 1991-1992, seeking independence; this conflict ended with a deal to set up a joint Russian-Georgian-South Ossetian peacekeeping force in the province and for the three parties, together with the Russian region of North Ossetia, to negotiate a permanent solution

  • This never happened
  • Georgia has been pressing for the negotiations to change to a six-party format (they see the current setup as three against one) but has also been increasingly keen to have a resolution to the issue
  • ‘We’ve certainly been aware of a growing momentum for them to want to sort this out and the hawks in Georgia being increasingly vocal on how to sort this out’, said Rhona Miller of Conciliation Resources, a British charity working in the region

  • Oliver Robertson

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