19 buses with South Ossetian children cross Russian border

Nineteen buses carrying children from South Ossetia have reached the Nizhny Zaramag checkpoint, North Ossetian Assistant Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Ivanov told Itar-Tass.

"Some 534 people, among them 390 children, have come to visit us," he said. "Once the border formalities are done, the motorcade will reach Tamisk. The visitors will be accommodated at the Epiphany Convent, which houses a center for rehabilitation of terrorist act victims."

Representatives of the North Ossetian Education Ministry will later accommodate children at dormitories and hotels.

"We have enough lodgings for the children, both hotels and college dormitories. The dormitories will accommodate women with children aged 24-36 months," he said.

Earlier in the day North Ossetian President Taimuraz Mamsurov said they were ready to receive as many South Ossetian children as necessary and give "any kind of civilized aid" to the unrecognized republic.

[Source: Itar Tass, Vladikavkaz, Rus, 03Aug08]

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