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Georgian opposition accuses authorities of EU war report cover-up

RIA Novosti

15:32 01/10/2009 TBILISI, October 1 (RIA Novosti) - A Georgian opposition leader on Thursday accused the country's authorities of covering up the findings of an EU-commissioned report on the August 2008 war in South Ossetia.

The report on the Russia-Georgia war in August 2008 was commissioned by the Council of the European Union, and compiled by Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, along with 30 European military, legal and history specialists.

It puts the blame firmly on Tbilisi for starting the conflict, but says that subsequent Russian actions "went far beyond the reasonable limits of defense" and also were "in violation of international law."

"Even the Georgian authorities do not deny the commission's objective findings," said Nino Burdzhanadze, ex-parliamentary speaker, who heads the opposition Democratic Movement-United Georgia.

"The authorities have tried again to conceal the truth from their people through their controlled media. The concealment and distortion of facts given in the findings are yet another crime against Georgian citizens," Burdzhanadze said.

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