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President says South Ossetia will continue organizing border with Georgia

August 07, 11:33 UTC+3 TSKHINVAL

For the past several years, South Ossetia has been calling on Georgia to launch negotiations on the delimitation and demarcation of the border

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South Ossetian President Anatoly Bibilov

South Ossetian President Anatoly Bibilov

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TSKHINVAL, August 7. /TASS/. South Ossetia will continue organizing its border with Georgia, particularly establishing engineering barriers along some sectors, South Ossetian President Anatoly Bibilov told TASS on Tuesday.

"We will organize the border in full accordance with international rules," he said. "In some places, we will build a fence, while in other places engineering barriers will be established. Georgia is sure to express outrage and we are ready to face it. If they have reasons for outrage, let them come and discuss everything… But since we have decided to organize our border, we will do it," Bibilov added.

According to the South Ossetian president, the border with Georgia needs to be organized both to ensure the security and deter smuggling.

"If we do not organize the border, anyone from surveillance and subversive groups to smugglers will be able to cross it. We must deter such activities and ensure law and order, so this is what we are going to do. Work on that underway, several kilometers of the border are organized every day," Bibilov pointed out.

South Ossetia’s border is about 440 kilometers long, its border with Russia extends for 74 kilometers, while the rest is the Georgian sector. There are currently two crossings on the South Ossetian-Georgian border.

For the past several years, South Ossetia has been calling on Georgia to launch negotiations on the delimitation and demarcation of the border but Tbilisi is reluctant to discuss this issue.

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