EUMM says regrettably ‘impossible to complete’ IPRM discussions

  • The Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism meeting in Ergneti was co-facilitated by Head of the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia Erik Høeg and Special Representative for the South Caucasus of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Rudolf Michalka. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 29 Aug 2019 - 21:55, Tbilisi,Georgia

The European Union Monitoring mission (EUMM) said today’s Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) meeting “was marked by a series of intense exchanges on the topic of Tsnelisi between participants”. 

However, "regrettably it was impossible to complete  discussions on all agenda points as the meeting was disrupted”.

Today's IPRM meeting has been disrupted as the Russian and Ossetian participants left in protest after the Georgian officials refused to dismantle the police checkpoint on the Georgia-controlled territory in the village of Chorchara in Khashuri Municipality, close to the occupied village of Tsnelisi.

EUMM said, the Head of the mission Erik Høeg “provided an overview of events” since the last IPRM meeting on July 18. 

Høeg considers that the recent developments along the occupation line “had negatively impacted the overall security situation, in particular relating to the recent, highly-concerning occurrences in the Gugutiantkari and Tsnelisi areas”.

The European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus Toivo Klaar also shared his concerns over the developments along the ABL. 

The co-facilitators of IPRM emphasised the importance of continuing dialogue in lowering of tensions and reminded participants to focus on the challenges of the conflict-affected population, EUMM reported. 

They spoke of a number of instances where the EUMM managed hotline was used effectively and stressed the need "to keep exchanging information through all available communication channels, especially providing early warning of activities with a view to reducing tensions”.