The European External Action Service delegation on Wednesday visited the Odzisi crossing point in central Georgia, adjacent to the Russian-occupied Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region, to hear from the European Union Monitoring mission about the security situation and recent developments in the area.
Photo via EUMM in Georgia
The EUMM monitors briefed the delegation on the “continued difficulties” the local population on both sides of the crossing point face, including the extended closures of the crossing point for regular traffic by the de facto authorities of the occupied region. They explained the moves and the regular “borderisation” activities on shifting the occupation line had led to restrictions on the freedom of movement of the conflict-affected population.
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The EUMM Head of mission, Dimitrios Karabalis highlighted that the mission, together with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, was continuing to advocate for a “full re-opening” of the crossing points during the most recent meeting with the de facto authorities in the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism platform.
The EEAS representatives thanked the mission for their “dedicated” service and its contribution to stability in Georgia and the wider region.