Thursday, August 7, 2008
Georgia sends in tanks to capture Tskhinvali, Ossetia hangs on, Abkhazia hurries to help
At the same time, reports an IA Regnum correspondent, President Kokoity has held telephone conversations with his Abkhazian counterpart Sergei Bagapsh. Kokoity last heard from Bagapsh that he had ordered the eastern divisions of the Abkhazian army to proceed to the Georgian border. In addition, the Abkhazians have deployed infantry divisions, tanks, and rocket artillery systems. The decision was made after a special session of the Council of Abkhazia.
Security Council Secretary Stanislav Lakoba told our correspondent that there is no word yet concerning the centrally controlled volunteer divisions. "We are simply meeting our obligations as described in our pact with the Republic of South Ossetia concerning military cooperation," he stated, adding that the Abkhazian Armed Forces have been placed on high alert and that the border with Georgia was under tighter security. "From a neighbor like this, we can expect anything and everything. We are obliged to look out for our own safety."