Argument: 2006 S. Ossetia referendum only exacerbated tensions
- Debate: South Ossetia independence - con argument.
Sean McCormack. "State Department Press Statement". Sean McCormack, Spokesman for the US State Department. 8 Nov. 2006 - "The United States rejects the "independence referendum" and concurrent so-called "presidential" elections scheduled for November 12 in Georgia’s South Ossetia region. These actions will only serve to exacerbate tensions and divert attention from the need to peacefully resolve the conflict."