'Crucial for security': EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia marks 13 years today

  • The EUMM’s mandate originally was authorised for a year but since then it has been extended eight times. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge. 

Agenda.ge, 15 Sep 2021 - 19:22, Tbilisi,Georgia

The European Union Monitoring mission (EUMM) in Georgia is marking 13 years since its establishment. 

EUMM was established after the Russia-Georgia 2008 war to monitor the EU-brokered ceasefire 6-Point agreement between the countries, but the mission has no access to the occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).

US Advisor to the Georgian Defence Ministry and colonel of US Army Bob Hamilton has tweeted:

It is the only foreign mission that monitors the occupation lines at the two Russian-occupied Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia). 

Ambassador of Sweden to Georgia Ulrik Tidestrom has tweeted that he is proud to be a leading participant of the EUMM in Georgia.

EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Harzell has tweeted:

The head of the Eastern Partnership Division of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Richard Tibbels has tweeted:

French Ambassador to Georgia Diego Colas has also tweeted:

EUMM was deployed two weeks after the establishment on October 1, 2008, and since then has been patrolling to ensure that there is no return to hostilities, to help restore a safe life for the local population living near occupation lines in  Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) regions and to build confidence among the conflicting parties.

The EUMM’s mandate originally was authorised for a year but since then it has been extended eight times. 

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