South Ossetia won’t accept change of existent negotiating format

South Ossetia will not allow a change of the existent negotiating format, South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity told a North Ossetian delegation on Sunday.

"We will not hold negotiations without North Ossetia and Russia," he remarked.

The president of the unrecognized republic thus replied to the statement of Georgian State Reintegration Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Settlement of Conflicts Temur Iakobashvili.

He said Tbilisi was ready for direct dialog with Tskhinvali for alleviating tensions in the conflict zone and peacefully settling the problem. "There is no alternative to direct negotiations with de facto Tskhinvali authorities," he said. "Georgia is ready to start negotiations without preconditions, but, unfortunately, they refuse to negotiate."

He said he conveyed the readiness for meeting any place, including Tskhinvali, via the OSCE observation mission and the combined peacekeeping force command on Saturday.

[Source: Itar Tass, Tskhinvali, 03Aug08]

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