TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE USSR MR M. GORBACHOV
In the recent time, when the ways of conflict
resolution in Shida Kartli (former South Ossetia) have been determined, the internal
troops of the Ministry of Interior of the USSR deployed in this region have
started military operations against Georgian population.
On 14 November the units of the Internal Troops
of the USSR, together with Ossetian extremists, conducted intensive fire using
grenade launchers, armored vehicles and missiles during 7 hours in the
direction of Georgian villages Upper Nikozi and Lower Nikozi. The houses were devastated, there are people
injured in the course of attack.
The Government of the Republic of Georgia
expresses its firm protest against unlawful acts of the Internal Forces of the
Ministry of Interior of the USSR and finds such punitive acts as continuation
of the aggression against sovereign Georgia.
If the said troops still use the arms against
peaceful population, the burden of responsibility for the further exacerbation
of the conflict vests on you.
The President of the Republic of Georgia Z. Gamsakhurdia
(Newspaper “Abkhazetis Khma”,
/Voice of Abkhazia/, # 186, 20 November 1991)