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Slovakia to send aid to South Ossetia
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09:07, August 28, 2008

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Slovakia will send humanitarian aid worth 2 million crowns (about 100,000 U.S. dollars) to the inhabitants of South Ossetia afflicted by the recent armed conflict between Russia and Georgia, the Slovak Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.

The aid is to help some 1,500 people in South Ossetia, according to report reaching here from Bratislava, Slovakia.

The ministry will deliver the aid in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Slovakia has already earmarked some 5.6 million crowns for humanitarian aid to Georgia.

South Ossetia broke from central Georgian rule during wars in the early 1990s after the collapse of the former Soviet Union. But their self-proclaimed independence is not recognized internationally.

Georgia launched military actions against South Ossetia's forces early August in an attempt to re-establish control over the region. In response, Russian troops moved into the region to fight Georgian forces.

On Tuesday, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and another Georgian breakaway region, Abkhasia.

Slovakia as well as other EU countries said in reaction that it insisted on the territorial integrity of Georgia. (1 U.S. dollar =20 crowns)


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