GNCC opposes Russia, South Ossetia numbering deal

11 Jun 2014

The Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) has issued a statement in response to media reports that Russia’s Ministry of Communications has signed a numbering agreement with South Ossetia, a breakaway region of Georgia. Under the accord, Russia agreed to give numbering resources to South Ossetia for use until the region is handed its own separate international dialling code from the ITU. However, a statement on the GNCC’s website states: ‘The territorial integrity of Georgia is recognised by the United Nations (UN), as well as by the ITU and other international organisations, accordingly entering the ITU by South Ossetia as an independent country is impossible without Georgia’s consent.’ It added that Georgia has officially applied to the ITU and notified the organisation of Russia’s ‘violation of international norms’.


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