Co-chairs of the Geneva International Discussions call for “the immediate re-opening of all crossing points” on the administrative boundary line with the Russian-occupied Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region.
The co-chairs released a statement later today, saying that “recent months have seen a serious deterioration of the security situation on the ground, which has raised fears amongst the local population”.
We appeal to the relevant actors to re-open, without delay, all crossing points that have been closed since early September”, the co-chairs said.
While the concerns about the security situation are shared, steps to address these should be proportional and should always take humanitarian aspects into consideration”, they added.
The co-chairs further underscored that “the ongoing closure of crossing points is aggravating an already difficult situation, as illustrated by recent medical cases, with a severe impact on the local conflict-affected population”.
Statement by the co-chairs on the continued closure of the crossing points to South Ossetia pic.twitter.com/PkGqyTsQmh— Toivo Klaar (@ToivoKlaar) November 6, 2019
Together with their organisations the co-chairs said they “remain actively engaged in contributing to a solution to the continuing security challenges in the Chorchana-Tsnelisi area” as well.