- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TBILISI, GEORGIA (AP) - Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia says it has detained two OSCE observers accused of illegally crossing the boundary line with Georgia.

Government spokeswoman Irina Gagloyeva says the two observers detained Tuesday have been taken to Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian capital, and “will be freed after the circumstances are clarified.”

South Ossetia was at the center of last year’s brief war between Georgia and Russia, which supports the separatists and has thousands of troops in the region.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has 20 unarmed military monitors in Georgia patrolling the boundary line with South Ossetia.

The OSCE office in the Georgian capital declined immediate comment on the detentions.

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