The unconditional release of Georgian citizens illegally detained by occupation forces has been at the top of the agenda of the 101st meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), which was held today in Ergneti, close to the Russian occupied region of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).
Deputy Head of the Analytical Department of Georgia's State Security Service Irakli Antadze underscored that the main topic of today’s meeting was the issue of Zaza Gakheladze and Genadi Bestaev and noted that some opportunities have been defined regarding Gakheladze’s case.
Work on this issue continues not only at meetings but also on a daily basis...for a number of reasons, I will refrain from talking about the details,” said Irakli Antadze before the IPRM meeting started.
Irakli Antadze also noted that another important topic of discussion was all the significant incidents along the occupation line, including the illegal ‘borderization,’ which currently is in an active phase, said Antadze.
The EU Monitoring mission in Georgia reported that the IPRM participants exchanged views on the impact of the prolonged closure of crossing points and other restrictions affecting the conflict-affected population.
The #IPRM participants exchange views on the impact of the prolonged closure of crossing points and other restrictions affecting the conflict-affected population, the most recent security developments at the Administrative Boundary Line, and the consequences of COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/VYI0xUVIZd— EUMM Georgia (@EUMMGeorgia) July 13, 2021
The representative of the Georgian State Ministry for Reconciliation Zviad Zviadadze said that the humanitarian issues concerning the local population were also on the agenda of the meeting.
At today's meeting, in parallel with the situation along the dividing line and the issue of the release of our fellow citizens, other humanitarian problems concerning the local population will be discussed”, said Zviadadze earlier today.
Co-facilitators of the IPRM stressed the importance of continued dialogue and called the sides to mutually acceptable solutions.
Co-facilitators of the #IPRM stressed the importance of continued dialogue and called for mutually acceptable solutions that respond positively to the needs and human rights of the conflict-affected communities. pic.twitter.com/Wmw6TuEPxW— EUMM Georgia (@EUMMGeorgia) July 13, 2021
A technical meeting was held in Ergneti several days ago, where the provision of irrigation water to the villages close to the occupation line and the planning of specific measures to solve the problems in this direction were discussed.