South Ossetia "slowed down" – referendum postponed

South Ossetian President Alan Gagloev has suspended a decree on a referendum designed to resolve the issue of joining Russia.

At the same time, he noted that he supported the initiative for further integration, but instructed to hold preliminary consultations with Moscow on the entire range of issues related to the process.

The President stressed that he considers unacceptable the unilateral solution of problems affecting the legitimate rights and interests of Russia. The decision was made on the basis of Article 51 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Ossetia and part two of Article 12 of the Constitutional Law of the Republic of South Ossetia dated December 27, 2018 “On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right to Participate in a Referendum of Citizens of the Republic of South Ossetia”.

The decree on holding a referendum on July 17 was signed by the former president of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, according to RIA News, during the election campaign for the post of head of the republic. As he emphasized, this initiative was not connected with the desire to score points before the elections – this is a step towards the “strategic goal” of the people.

He noted that the country intends join the Russia as a subject, and then initiate the procedure for unification with North Ossetia. At the same time, he called the unification necessary.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia called the statements about the referendum in South Ossetia and its discussion unacceptable, it will not have any legal force.

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