05TBILISI3198, TENSIONS RISING IN SOUTH OSSETIA

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05TBILISI3198 2005-12-08 05:39 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

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C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 003198 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/09/2015 
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: TENSIONS RISING IN SOUTH OSSETIA 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft, for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1. (U) On December 2, the South Ossetian press reported that 
a checkpoint on the road to the Ossetian village of Zari was 
hit by fire from a grenade launcher.  Later press reports 
from South Ossetia claimed that Georgian special police 
forces attacked a bus traveling along a bypass road leading 
from Tskhinvali. No casualties were reported. 
 
2. (C) Poloff spoke with OSCE Political Officer Jurgen 
Schmidt, who said JPKF and OSCE observers determined that the 
reported explosion was the result of an accidental land mine 
detonation along a bypass road leading from Tskhinvali to the 
village of Java.  Schmidt said South Ossetians were spreading 
propaganda, there was no indication that an attack took 
place. 
TEFFT

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