Local media of de facto South Ossetia, a Russian-occupied region, reports that Russia allocated about $70 million to destroy the houses of Georgians in occupied Eredvi village, five kilometers away from Tskhinvali.
Occupants destroy Georgian houses in Eredvi village
By Tea Mariamidze
Monday, September 25
As reported, around 163 houses out of 268 have already been destroyed. The houses at present are empty, as they were abandoned by the Georgian citizens in a wake of the Georgia-Russia 2008 August war that turned 280,000 Georgians internally displaced.
South Ossetian media says that when all the houses are demolished in Eredvi, the so-called Agriculture Ministry will be built there.
The President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, has condemned the actions of the occupant forces at the breakaway territory.
Margvelashvili released a statement, saying the occupying force perpetrates another act of vandalism, directed against the territorial integrity of Georgia and fundamental human rights.
“The Russian Federation finances the demolition of internally displaced people’s homes in the occupied village of Eredvi. This action aims at removing the trace of Georgian population from this indigenous territory of Georgia. The Russian Federation finances the demolition of internally displaced people’s homes. This action aims at removing the trace of Georgian population from this indigenous territory of Georgia,” the President stressed.
The statement reads that the activities of occupant forces are a continuation of the ethnic cleansing policy implemented in 2008.
“This action is directed towards the annexation of Georgia’s occupied territories. It is a crime before civilians which should receive a sharp response from the international community," statement of the President reads.
Irakli Kobakhidze, the Speaker of Parliament, also condemned the demolition of houses in the village of Eredvi.
He said this action is the part of an aggressive policy.
“We are constantly talking with our partners about the policy, carried out in Georgia’s occupied regions,” Kobakhidze stated, adding that “the situation there is very grave”.
The Speaker also said that at the 72nd session of the United Nation’s General Assembly, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili spoke very extensively about recent developments in the occupied regions.
Georgia has two breakaway regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, that fell under Russian occupation after the August war 2008.