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GEORGIA MAKES TEMPTING PROPOSAL TO SOUTH OSSETIA

RIA Novosti

TBILISI, March 29 (RIA Novosti) - A complete text of the Georgian government's proposal on settling the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict has been published in Georgia, the Novosti-Georgia news agency reported.

"The Georgian authorities call for timely efficient steps towards a complete peaceful settlement of the conflict. The people of South Ossetia needs to launch a new stage of development, stability and worthy coexistence," the document reads.

Tbilisi says the peace agreement should rest upon providing South Ossetia's population with new opportunities in social protection, education, public health service, legal business practices, creating new jobs and realizing one's potential, as well as reinstating and observance of legislation compliant with international laws and South Ossetia's return to the realm of law.

The terms of the settlement provide for statements by the parties to the conflict on unconditional rejection of the use of force. The Georgian government is ready to make social commitments to the population of South Ossetia.

The document notes that there a law on property restitution will be enacted in respect to the population affected by the 1990-92 conflict, with all families affected to be paid a compensation lump sum.

"The fundamental precondition of the peace agreement is a stringent compliance with the principles of national self-determination, cultural identity, protection of minorities' rights and the human rights and liberties and equality under the Georgian constitution," the document states.

South Ossetia's status is supposed to be "an autonomy within the territory of Georgia."

While being in favor of tackling economic issues, the authorities of the self-proclaimed Republic of South Ossetia reject in principle any political dialog on South Ossetia's return to the Georgian jurisdiction in whatever form. Moreover, South Ossetian authorities have repeatedly addressed Moscow, asking to accept the rebellious republic to the Russian Federation as a sovereign constituent part. This prompted Georgian President Saakashvili to say that Tbilisi was ready to grant South Ossetia even more rights than North Ossetia/Alania enjoys as part of the Russian Federation.



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