Georgia opposes the merging of South and North Ossetia.
“Of course, all this discussion about a referendum is meaningless until Georgian land is seized.” “This employment has a political as well as a legal appraisal,” he remarked.
On March 30, President of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov admitted that unification with North Ossetia could be possible provided that the partially recognized republic becomes part of Russia. According to him, South Ossetia could become part of Russia as an entity of the Federation. Afterwards, the authorities are going to initiate the procedure for the unification of South Ossetia with its neighbor, North Ossetia.
According to Bibilov, South Ossetia’s aspiration to become part of Russia is a strategic goal of the country. The authorities of the republic will take necessary measures, including a popular vote, in the near future to implement this initiative.
“The Ossetians in the South and North have never lost contact with each other. They never moved away from each other and remained a single nation with single culture, language, and traditions. In various historical periods, politicians made decisions that in one way or another changed the contours of administrative or state borders. But this has never affected the desire of the Ossetians to be a single whole, a single family. Actually, this is how we live: we work in Vladikavkaz, and our home is in Tskhinvali, on weekends we go there, or vice versa. In the south, there are graves of our ancestors, our architectural and cultural monuments, family towers… We are one people and have never been divided spiritually and mentally!”