The war with Georgia may help make the breakaway province more independent.
The first direct talks since the August war were postponed until Nov. 18 due to a dispute over the role of delegates from the breakaway regions.
Russia's military presence in Georgia has unnerved refugees who fled here from Chechnya in the 1990s.
The residents of Akhalgori, a town located just 25 miles from Georgia's capital, say Russian troops are creating a new military supply route.
The war with Georgia has many calling for North and South Ossetia to unite.
The Russian prime minister called Ukraine's involvement a 'crime,' but still agrees to a gas contract with Kiev.
European Union monitors began patrolling Georgian territory Wednesday.
As EU monitors arrive, new details contradict Russia's assertion that Georgia invaded South Ossetia first.