STATEMENT OF THE PRESIDIUM OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF THE
REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA
The entry of limited forces of the
Soviet regular Army in Tskhinvali is a gross violation of the sovereignty of
the Republic of Georgia.
Before that action we hoped that the leadership of the USSR would
refrain from further destabilization of the situation in the said region.
The Soviet and the World communities
know well about the tragic results of the “limited contingent” in Afghanistan. We have our own “experience” of using the
military against the people. The
dictatorship and totalitarian regime that flourished over the decades drove the
country to the material and spiritual poverty; however, the authorities blamed
“external enemies” in every misfortune. Lately,
in the circumstances of economic devastation, the "internal enemy" is
cultivated in a form of democratic movement.
Such definition is used against the nations, which try to realize the
right to the self-identification.
The new democratic republic of Georgia
did not declare immediate withdrawal from the USSR, although it had such right
under the Union Constitution. Georgia committed itself to maintain the
economic and other ties with the other Union Republics
during the transitional period.
Moreover, we have stated several
times that even after gaining the full independence we would support the
economic and cultural ties with our immediate neighbours – Russia, Armenia
also with other republics.
We believed that the Union leaders
would take proper stance to our constructive position; however, the latter have
stronger inclination towards the “forcible” resolution of political, economic,
social and national problems of the country. It seems that the certain groups have decided
to deviate the attention of the Soviet peoples from empty counters,
mass-demonstrations and strikes penetrating the entire country, to creating a
on the Georgian soil.
We believe that the Government of
the USSR will demonstrate
the wisdom in the critical situation and will not start new intervention
also the civil war in his own country.
The Presidium of the Republic of Georgia.
Tbilisi, 6 April 1991
(The Bulletins of the Supreme Council of the
Republic of Georgia, # 4, 1991. p. 99-100)