The demilitarization process in South Ossetia, one of Georgia's renegade regions, is a mere two-weeks old, but it is already showing signs of fraying. A shooting incident on November 19 left two Georgia peacekeepers wounded. Meanwhile, Tbilisi has indicated that Georgian and South Ossetian forces would not be about to meet the established deadline for demilitarization.
The November 19 shooting incident occurred near the Georgian village of Tsveriakho within South Ossetia, the Rustavi-2 television channel reported. A local police chief blamed South Ossetian militants for the incident. "It is for sure that the Ossetian side opened fire because the position from where the shots were fired is under the South Ossetian side's control," the police chief, Alexandr Sukhitashvili, told the television station. According to various reports, gunfire exchanges between Georgian troops and South Ossetian militia are an almost nightly occurrence.
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