President of South Ossetia Bibilov scheduled a referendum on unification with Russia for July 17 Anatoly Bibilov scheduled a referendum for July 17, explaining the need for the region to join Russia as a “historical aspiration of the people.” Previously, Bibilov lost the election to the leader of the opposition Nykhas party, Alan Gagloev =”The President of South Ossetia has set a date for a referendum on unification with Russia” />
President of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov ordered a referendum on unification with Russia to be held on July 17 in the region. This is stated in the decree of the head of the unrecognized republic dated May 13.
The decision to announce a referendum was made by the head of the region “guided by the historical desire of the people of the Republic of South Ossetia to reunite with Russia and in accordance with paragraph 16 of article 50 of the Constitution of the republic” , the decree says.
One question will be included in the ballot: “Do you support the unification of the Republic of South Ossetia and Russia?” the court of South Ossetia has already considered the package of documents necessary for holding a referendum and gave a positive opinion on the initiative.
RBC sent a request to the press service and reception of the president of the unrecognized republic.
A member of the largest United Ossetia party in the republic, who tried to be elected for a second presidential term, Bibilov lost the election to the leader of the opposition Nykhas party Alan Gagloev. The first round of elections took place on April 10, the second— May 8 As expected, the inauguration of the new president may take place after May 20.
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According to the head of South Ossetia, the Ossetian people are divided, and their historical and strategic goal is “unification within the framework of one state.” «This is a state— Russian Federation»,— he emphasized.
Then Bibilov announced the need for a referendum on this issue. Later, the Speaker of the Parliament of South Ossetia, Alan Tadtaev, specified that a referendum on joining Russia would take place in the near future.
Bibilov allowed the subsequent unification of South and North Ossetia within Russia. He clarified that in Russia there are legal procedures necessary for the unification of regions, and he called the unification itself “necessary.” According to him, a referendum should also be held on this issue.
The Kremlin previously stated that it would respect the results of the referendum in South Ossetia on the issue of joining Russia, and noted that Moscow would take legal action in this regard did not undertake. Deputy head of the commission “United Russia” for International Cooperation Andrei Klimov and Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Artem Turov did not see any obstacles to this step.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry called the discussion of such a referendum unacceptable, “as long as the territory of Georgia is occupied by Russia.” Under such conditions, the results of the referendum will not have any legal force, Tbilisi noted.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Washington does not recognize any actions “to divide Georgia.” “Neither the current authorities nor the Russian government can make decisions about the future of the people of South Ossetia, which is part of Georgia,” — Price said.
Authorities in another partially recognized republic, Abkhazia (like South Ossetia was part of Georgia, Moscow recognized both as independent states in 2008), have said they are not considering joining Russia.
In response to the recognition of the independence of the two regions, Georgia severed diplomatic relations with Moscow and declared that the regions were occupied by Russia.
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