Tbilisi outraged by South Ossetia's plans to tear down homes left by Georgian refugees

Tbilisi is outraged by the South Ossetian authorities' plans to tear down the homes Georgian refugees left during the August 2008 conflict.

David Darchiashvili, the chairman of the Georgian parliamentary committee on European integration, described Tskhinvali's plans to tear down the homes as "practical continuation of annexation and occupation being perpetrated by Russia."

"This is real humanitarian evil," he said.

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kapanadze told journalists that "all responsibility for such actions rests with Russia," as, in his view, it is Russia that "is in control of the situation" in South Ossetia.

"The ethnic cleansing that was started against the Georgians in 2008 is continuing," he said.

Izvestia reported on Wednesday with reference to South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov that several Georgian villages located north of Tskhinvali, whose occupants left them during the 2008 conflict, will be torn down and the area will be allotted for industrial and agricultural projects. The South Ossetian authorities also do not plan to leave the current geographic names of the former villages.

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