NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu has called on the de-facto authorities of Abkhazia to reconsider the closure of two crossing points along the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) between Georgia and its breakaway region of Abkhazia.
The de-facto Abkhazian officials announced the closure of Nabakevi-Khurcha and Meore Otobaia-Orsantia crossing points in January, allowing only the entry point of Enguri Bridge to remain open.
Closing these crossing points, which are used daily by hundreds of citizens, will have a negative impact on the situation on the ground and stability in the region. It will restrict freedom of movement, affecting the livelihoods of local residents”, Lungescu said in yesterday’s statement.
Calling on Russia to reverse its recognition of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) and Abkhazia regions of Georgia as independent states, the spokeswoman said "NATO continues to support Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognised borders”.