South Ossetia Greeks ‘safe’

The Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday only a handful of Greeks live in the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia, adding that «there was no problem» regarding their safety. «There is no problem for the ethnic Greeks. There is a family in the region that has been bombed and they are well and have been in contact with Greek diplomatic authorities,» said Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Theodoros Kassimis. According to the ministry, a total of six Greek families live in South Ossetia. Russia sent troops into South Ossetia on Friday, hours after Tblisi’s forces tried to regain control of the separatist province following clashes between separatists and Georgian troops. On Saturday afternoon, the Greek ministry set up a crisis management center in response to the military conflict. Further information can be obtained by calling 210.368.1212 or 210.368.1730.