Over the recent period the Parliament of Russia, and now the Congress of the RSFSR have adopted categorical ‘Decisions’ and ‘Resolutions’, as well as the appeals to the central authorities of the USSR  aimed at imposing special sanctions against Georgia and its population.

Regretfully we have to state that certain officials at the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR and outside of it, using the conflict in so called South Ossetia, provoked to some extent by the leadership of the former USSR, try to put a pressure on the Government and the President of Russia and made them continue the traditional imperial policy toward Georgia.

The thesis on aggression of Georgia is repeatedly voiced in order to mislead the Russian and International society.  At the same time a main initiator of eruption of the interethnic conflict in Georgia – the leadership of the former USSR - is intentionally concealed.  Declaration of the Chairman of the Soviet of Nationalities of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR Mr Abdulatipov on existence in North Ossetia 100 thousand of alleged refugees from Georgia is an outrageous lie.  let us remind you that according to the All-Union census of 1989, the total number of population in South Ossetia was 65.238.  Taking into consideration a number of Georgian refugees from South Ossetia that has already reached 20 000 people, there should not be even a single dweller on the territory of this oblast.  The question is raised – whom the Russian troops are ‘protecting’ there?  Who are conflicting sides there?

It is known that a part of Ossetian population willing to leave the territory of Georgia has already got the permission to immigrate, as well as the compensation from the government of Georgia;  therefore, those people may not be considered as refugees.  Moreover, many of Ossetian families are leaving for North Ossetia and after getting the status of refugee and relevant pecuniary aid, they return in Georgia, to the places of their former dwelling.  Is the number of ‘refugees’ inflated at their expense?

The authorities of the North Ossetia, taking ‘advantage’ of the distress of the people, try to receive additional financial resources for alleged assistance to the refugees and the Supreme Soviet of the Russian SFSR finds there proposals rather appropriate to justify such allocations.  In reality, resources are aimed at rendering the military support to the Ossetian extremists and escalation of military operations in Georgia.  The Government of Georgia considers such developments as aggression against the independent Republic of Georgia.

We constantly declare that the conflict in so called South Ossetia and its consequences have been initiated not by the Georgian side and proceeds from the geopolitical interests of the Ossetian nationalism and imperial ambition of the USSR’s leadership.

As the conflict is unleashed on the territory of the Republic of Georgia, where the troops of the USSR together with Ossetian extremists are carrying out military operations, only the Soviet Government can be specified as an aggressor and all of the material damages to the Georgian side shall be compensated by the Government of the USSR or by its successor.

The Presidium of the Supreme Council of Georgia and its Government express the firm protest against declarations voiced by the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR and the Russian Congress that may be used by hostile forces for worsening the relations between Russia and Georgia.

The Supreme Council of the Republic of Georgia, on its turn, is seeking the ways for regulation of the conflict in so called South Ossetia and has decided to make an appeal to the UN asking for sending international experts to Georgia.

Tbilisi, 5 November 1991

(Bulletin of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Georgia, 1991, # 11, p. 31-32)