Saturday, 25 October 2008

Medvedev appoints ambassadors to South Ossetia, Abkhazia

MOSCOW, October 24 (Itar-Tass) - President Dmitry Medvedev appointed Russian envoys to South Ossetia and Abkhazia and met with them in the Kremlin on Friday.

"I've signed the decree appointing Elbrus Kanikoyevich Kargiyev the ambassador to the Republic of South Ossetia and Semyon Vyacheslavovich Grigoryev – the ambassador to the Republic of Abkhazia," Medvedev said at the beginning of the meeting, attended by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"I would like you to share with your proposals on how you'll arrange your work; I'd like to note that you're beginning your work in a rather difficult period; these are young countries, where much is yet to be accomplished, even from the point of view of statehood of these new subjects of law," the president said.

He encouraged the new envoys to help Abkhazia and South Ossetia in these matters.

Addressing Lavrov, the president noted that the Foreign Ministry should manage this activity "in accordance with the law and provisions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."
"I wish you success," Medvedev said by way of conclusion.

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