Reports that the South Ossetian authorities intend to deport the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) representatives from the country and t take away their mandate are false, South Ossetian Security Council Secretary Anatoly Pliyev said.
The words of South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov regarding the ICRC activities in South Ossetia were misinterpreted, Pliyev said at a news conference in Tskhinval on Friday.
Tibilov has ordered the holding of talks with ICRC executives regarding further cooperation in the framework of implementing the ICRC mandate in the country, Pliyev said.
"No one is going to throw out and to take the mandate away from the Red Cross. But we have the right to know what they do and how they do it. This is not a particular practice of South Ossetia but a global practice," Pliyev said.
The ICRC employees have already met with the South Ossetian Foreign Ministry officials, Pliyev said. Chairman of the South Ossetian State Information and Press Committee Vyacheslav Gobozov said that the president had the right to order agencies to assess the efficiency of any organization working in South Ossetia.
"The Red Cross is working in a foreign country, which had its own national interests and national security concerns. If the cooperation model formed between ICRC and South Ossetia is inefficient, if, in our understanding, it does not comply with our national interests, then we have the perfectly legitimate right to demand that it change or even stop its activities," Gobozov said.
Not a single international organization, whose activities will damage the national interests or security of South Ossetia, will work in the country, Gobozov said.
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