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The chair of the PACE committee on migration, refugees and population,
The chair of the PACE committee on migration, refugees and population, Corien Jonker, is due to arrive in the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali on March 13-14, the organization said on its website.

Jonker will arrive "as part of the follow up to Resolution 1648 on the humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia and is due to meet with South Ossetia's authorities and ombudsman David Sanakoyev," the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe's statement said.

The official is to travel to the Tskhinvali region and to Akhalgori, a town near the South Ossetian border with Georgia. She is also scheduled to meet with the representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Russia recognized the former Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states on August 26, 2008, two weeks after the end of a five-day war with Georgia. Fighting began when Georgian forces attacked South Ossetia in a bid to bring it back under central control.

In January, PACE condemned Moscow's recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and called for Russia to withdraw its recognition of the two republics.

PACE lawmakers are to discuss the situation surrounding South Ossetia and Abkhazia in April.


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