August 8 at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi there was held a commemorative event marking the 5th anniversary of war conflict in South Ossetia.
The function jointly organised by the RCSC and the Embassy of the Russian Federation comprised a photo exhibition “Peace after the Tragedy. North Caucasus” and the screening of a documentary film “Caucasus Pack of Cards”. The programme entitled “Policy measures of the Russian Federation to strengthen peace and stability in North Caucasus”, was attended by an elite gathering of the Indian capital.
After the official inauguration Chief Guest Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Denis Alipov addressed the function, saying that the Georgian aggression in South Ossetia and Abkhazia remained the latest of many sad pages in the history of North Caucasus over centuries. He noted: “The brutal crackdown on civilians by the Georgian troops with the use of tanks and heavy artillery and in violation of numerous agreements and UN resolutions is evidence of not just the irresponsible policy of Georgian leadership and president Saakashvili personally, but the extreme vulnerability of the region to various sorts of extremism and terrorism”.
Mr. Alipov added: “This was what Russia has been continuously facing in its Southern territories, and as it takes every possible measure to stabilize the situation to ensure security and social and economic development of the region”.
In the context of international peace and sustainable development Mr. Alipov also reminded the audience of the relevance of the Soviet-Indian Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation signed on August 9, 1971, a unique bilateral document in the annals of diplomatic history of the two countries, which not only strengthened the privileged relationship between Russia and India but also acted as a lasting and strong guarantor of peace in the region.
Important dignitaries present at the event were Mr. Dalbir Singh, Secretary of All-India Congress Committee, Dr. R. B. Singh, General-Secretary, India-Russia Friendship Society, Ms. Alka Lamba, President, Go India Foundation (NGO), and others.