Press-releases of the Embassy

August 13, 2008; 15.00

On the situation in South Ossetia (press review)

APPEAL of the Chamber Council of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation to the Parliaments and Peoples of the World

The ruling regime of Georgia, with an active support from the outside, unleashed the armed aggression of unprecedented cruelty and brutality against people of South Ossetia. As a result of this act of genocide thousands peaceful civilians, including children, women and elderly people, perished and are still perishing. The obvious full-scale humanitarian disaster takes place accompanied by mass violation of human rights and liberties. Barbarously destroyed cities and villages and tens of thousands of refugees provide conclusive evidence for it. Peaceful Russian citizens constitute the majority of numerous victims. A grave war crime has been committed - the Russian peacemakers have been shot.

The norms of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international treaties and agreements have been violated by Georgian authorities in the most flagrant manner.

The fact of committing this act of aggression on the day of opening of XXIX Olympic Games is indicative of especially deep cynicism of the Georgias leadership.

The Russian Federation takes legitimate measures of peace enforcement in order to force the Georgian side to sign agreements providing for renouncement of the use of military force when settling the conflict as well as measures of rendering humanitarian help to those who suffered from the aggression.

It is obvious, that the gravest crime against humanity has been committed requiring the impartial assessment by the world community and unconditional punishment of those guilty of this crime.

The Chamber Council of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation calls parliaments and peoples of the world:

to condemn the act of aggression committed by Georgia against South Ossetia and the genocide of peaceful population of South Ossetia;

to demand from official Tbilisi to immediately cease violence, to withdraw the armed forces from the zone of conflict and to sign the agreement on non-use of force or threat by force;

to stop to provide political and information support to Georgian authorities when they are carrying on aggression they unleashed against South Ossetia;

to support the idea of establishing the international tribunal in order to investigate Georgian aggression against South Ossetia;

to undertake coordinated actions involving international organizations aimed at localization of consequences of humanitarian disaster in South Ossetia and to participate in disaster relief efforts .

The Chamber Council of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation