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TSKHINVAL, September 20. /TASS/. There is no alternative to the fraternal relations between South Ossetia and Russia, they have stood the test of time, South Ossetia’s President Leonid Tibilov said on Tuesday at a ceremonial parade dedicated to the 26th anniversary of independence.
According to Tibilov, today South Ossetian and Russian troops together protect the Republic’s state security, territorial integrity and state borders. "So new aggression doesn’t threaten us and our citizens have an opportunity to live and work in peace," the president added.
Tibilov pointed out that the people of South Ossetia had proclaimed independence in full accordance with international law.
The Republic’s leader also said that Russia had played an important role in shaping the destiny of the people of South Ossetia. "Everyone in our country knows whom we are grateful to, for making the life-changing decision to launch a peace-enforcement operation against Georgia, for providing military assistance to South Ossetia and later for recognizing our independence. It saved our people from the real danger of obliteration and expulsion from our historic homeland," the president noted.
On September 20, South Ossetia celebrates Republic Day - the main national holiday. More than 15 delegations from various countries and regions (Russia, Nauru and Abkhazia to name a few) arrived in the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinval on Monday.
The events will include a children’s colorful procession entitled "This world belongs to us!" Also, an exhibition will be held where national games, cuisine, arts and crafts and locally-manufactured products will be presented.
The celebrations will culminate in a concert at the Republic’s Central Stadium, where Russian and Ossetian singers will take part, concluding with a magnificent fireworks display above the city of Tskhinval.
On September 20, 1990, the Council of People’s Deputies of the South Ossetian autonomous region of the Soviet Union, proclaimed the independent Republic of South Ossetia. On August 26, 2008, Russia recognized its independence.