3 May 2018 20:26

Georgia outraged by arrest of another citizen in S. Ossetia

TBILISI. May 3 (Interfax) - Tbilisi has described as "illegal" the arrest of another Georgian citizen in South Ossetia on charges of trespassing.

Georgian State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Ketevan Tsikhelashvili told journalists on Thursday that a 22-year-old Georgian citizen had been arrested.

Georgia had informed the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) of the incident, she said.

The arrest "is illegal," and Georgia has demanded the man's immediate release, Tsikhelashvili said.

The release is being negotiated via an active EUMM-mediated hotline, the minister said.

"Over all these years, such acts have been illegal as well as provocative. All this is directed against the rights and safety of every one of us," Tsikhelashvili said, noting that these arrests are in neither party's interest.