MOSCOW, July 31 (RIA Novosti) - South Ossetia intends to demand the return of its former territory, the Truso Gorge, which is currently a part of Georgia, the former Georgian republic's president said on Friday.
"We have serious territorial issues which have to be raised. And we will raise them. This is about the Truso Gorge, currently a part of Georgia's Mtskheta-Mtianeti region - this is an indigenously Ossetian land that for some unclear reason was transferred during Soviet times to the administrative control of the Georgian Soviet Republic," Eduard Kokoity told RIA Novosti.
"Today we must raise the issue of returning these lands to Ossetia," he said.
The president also said that South Ossetia will start constructing border facilities on the 400-km frontier with Georgia, despite Tbilisi's refusal to recognize South Ossetia's independence and participate in the border demarcation.
"At this stage the frontier will be established within the borders of the South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast [a region created within the Georgian Soviet Republic in 1922]," Kokoity said.
The border between Georgia and its former republic of South Ossetia is currently controlled by Russian and South Ossetian border guards.
Russia recognized South Ossetia and another former Georgian republic, Abkhazia, after Russia and Georgia fought a five day war last August. Georgian forces had attacked South Ossetia in an attempt to bring it back under central control.
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