The Parliament of the Soviet republic of Georgia today declared a state of emergency in a region that was making separatist moves, and the Soviet republic’s government reasserted its control over the rebellious area, a report said.
The trouble occurred in the South Ossetian Autonomous Region, one of three major subdivisions of the republic of Georgia in the Transcaucasian part of the western Soviet Union.
Also today, the Parliament of the Russian Federation and the president of the republic of Kazakh rejected Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s proposal to retain central control over the economy.
The Georgian legislature took its emergency steps two days after the South Ossetian region held illegal elections to form its own parliament, the independent Interfax news service said.
Gorbachev has proposed a new union treaty to keep the 15 republics together and to maintain central government control over natural resources and major industries.
But the Russian republic’s Congress of People’s Deputies and Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan, the third-largest Soviet republic, each said they would sign the proposed treaty only if it gives them control over their own economies.
Boris Yeltsin, president of the Russian Federation has taken the same stand.