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South Ossetia says NATO's plans to set up training centers in Georgia are provocative

South Ossetia considers NATO's plans to set up its training centres in Georgia as provocative, Murat Dzhioyev, the South Ossetian president's envoy for post-conflict settlement, said on Monday at a meeting with co-chairs of the Geneva consultations on Caucasian security.

Representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations and the European Union arrived in Tskhinval to square the agenda for another round of consultations in Geneva due to be held on March 17-18.

"Statements by the leaders of NATO and Georgia cannot but disturb us. I mean the latest steps to prepare a NATO training center in Georgia. We think it a provocative factor. To ensure security we must invigorate our efforts not only in the framework of the Geneva consultations but in other possible formats," Dzhioyev said.

He stressed that the key task of the Geneva consultations and one of the factors of ensuring security in the region was elaborating legally binding documents on Georgia's non-use of force against South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

"There are several draft agreements and statements by all participants in the consultations on their commitment to the principle of the non-use of force we have been working on for more than two years," he said. "In this sense, South Ossetia is ready to productive work."

The Geneva consultations are held in line with the agreements between the Russian and French presidents adopted after the August 2008 developments in South Ossetia. The consultations mediated by the European Union, OSCE and the United Nations involve delegations from Russia, Georgia, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and the United States.

[Source: Itar Tass, Tskhinval, 17Feb15]

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