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EU Monitoring Mission and OSCE build trust and confidence along ceasefire line in Georgia

22/12/2017 - 10:20
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On 19 December 2017, the 83rd meeting under the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) was held in Ergneti. The meeting took place in an open and constructive atmosphere.

IPRM meeting builds trust

Ambassador Guenther Baechler, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus and Erik Høeg, Acting Head of the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), co-facilitated the proceedings.

Ambassador Baechler thanked the IPRM participants for their cooperation on the recent release of a Georgian citizen, who had been imprisoned in Tskhinvali for a long time. Mr. Høeg provided a brief summary of the latest events, which occurred since the last IPRM meeting. This included the general security situation, Hotline activations and detention cases. The security situation along the so-called "Administrative Boundary Line (ABL)" was assessed as controlled and a decrease in detentions since the previous meeting was noted. The co-facilitators thanked all participants for their agreement to provide prior notice of activities by security actors in the vicinity of the ABL, and invited them to share additional information on future events, via the Hotline.

Participants discussed military exercises, as well as the impact of the installation of new fences, barbed wire and signs on freedom of movement and livelihood opportunities for local communities. Joint action and future planning on irrigation of farmland and for the reduction of risk of wildfire incidents was debated.

 The co-facilitators commended and thanked participants for their continuing engagement, which contributes to the stabilisation of the security situation in the region. All participants reconfirmed their commitment to the IPRM as an important platform to strengthen security and stability on the ground and to address the needs of the conflict-affected population from a humanitarian perspective.

 The EUMM was deployed in September 2008 following the EU-brokered Six Point Agreement which ended the August war. It contributes to stabilisation, normalisation and confidence building between the conflict parties. The mission provides civilian monitoring of parties' actions, including full compliance with the Six-Point Agreement and subsequent implementing measures throughout Georgia. Mission’s mandate is valid throughout all of Georgia, however, the de facto authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have so far denied the access to the territories under their control.