The Head of the European Union Monitoring mission (EUMM) Erik Hoeg said the recent decision of de facto Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) officials to close the so-called border with the rest of Georgia is “negatively affecting local communities” on both sides of the occupation line.
Odzisi, the main crossing point at the South Ossetian ABL. On a normal day #EUMM observes around 400 crossings, now 0. Closed since 5 SEP without clear justification. Measure negatively affecting local communities on both sides of ABL. pic.twitter.com/avFg1UY8Cf— Erik Hoeg (@erik_hoeg) September 7, 2019
The European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus Toivo Klaar also shared concern on his Twitter account yesterday.
Very concerned about news that Odzisi crossing point remains closed. If prolonged this will have a major impact on the population on the ground.— Toivo Klaar (@ToivoKlaar) September 6, 2019
The de facto State Security Committee of Georgia’s eastern Russian-occupied Tskhinvali region announced a temporary closure of the so-called border with Georgia between September 4-6.
However, the Georgian State Security Service said today that the so-called border has not been opened so far, which “affects the lives of local population and harms the security environment on ground”.