South Ossetia supports Russian ambassador's efforts to alleviate crisis

South Ossetia supports efforts being made by Russian Special Ambassador Yury Popov to help overcome the latest outbreak of violence between Tbilisi and Tskhinvali, but his presence in the conflict zone may be dangerous to him, said South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity.

"We support the efforts by Joint Control Commission Co-Chairman and Special Ambassador Yury Popov, who is in Tbilisi now, but, unfortunately, his arrival in Tskhinvali is unsafe for him because the city's southern outskirts are being shelled from the Georgian side," Kokoity said.

South Ossetia is willing to engage in a negotiating process in the Joint Control Commission four-sided format recognized by the international community, Kokoity said. "We are ready for negotiations, and now it is Georgia's turn to speak," he said.

[Source: Interfax, Tskhinvali, 07Aug08]

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