N.Ossetia Pledges Help to Tskhinvali ‘to Repel Aggression’

Russia’s North Ossetian leader, Teimuraz Mamsurov, has pledged to provide assistance to South Ossetia "in repelling aggression," the South Ossetian Press and Information Committee reported on August 2.

Mamsurov spoke on the phone with South Ossetian leader, Eduard Kokoity, after the intensive clashes in the conflict zone that killed six people and injured fifteen others in Tskhinvali and nearby South Ossetian villages, according to the South Ossetian side. Six Georgian civilians and one policeman were also injured, according to the Georgian side.

"North Ossetia is watching closely developments in South Ossetia and we are ready to render assistance our southern brothers," Mamsurov was quoted by the South Ossetian Press and Information Committee. "We are concerned by the actions undertaken by the Georgian leadership, which has waged a real war against Ossetia. We are determined to jointly repel the aggression."

Meanwhile, the South Ossetian side has also reported that authorities in Tskhinvali have decided to launch evacuation of children and women from the capital, as well as from the nearby village of Dmenisi.

[Source: Civil Georgia, Tbilisi, 02Aug08]

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