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Situation in Beslan, North Ossetia, may affect Ossetian-Ingush relations
Analysts believe that the school hostage situation in Beslan, North Ossetia, may affect Ossetian-Ingush relations, Vremya Novostei reports. However, "whether the Ossetian-Ingush conflict resumes depends on the outcome of the hostage tragedy," says Sergei Tobolov, head of the North Ossetian state broadcasting company and former minister for ethnic affairs. "If the outcome is more or less positive, peace will most probably be preserved," he believes. In autumn 1992, Beslan became the cause of a conflict between Ossetians and Ingushes who claimed that they had owned the territory before they were deported in 1944 and tried to return it by force. The move produced quite the opposite effect: over 30,000 Ingushes had to leave their homes and hide in Ingushetia. The federal government had to work hard to return refugees to their permanent residences. Now some Ossetian observers fear that the results of 12-year work may be undone by the Beslan terrorist attack.
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