“The erection of fences by de-facto authorities of South Ossetia backed by Russian border guards in the vicinity of Gugutiantkari village hinders freedom of movement and will deprive people from the local area from accessing orchards and water resources,” said the EU Delegation in a statement on 21 August.
The statement is made in agreement with EU Heads of Mission in Georgia.
“It is crucial that this work is stopped and that all relevant actors make active use of the existing mechanisms for communication – the Hotline and the Ergneti Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism format,” the Delegation added.
The EU said it remains engaged and involved in stabilisation and conflict resolution efforts in Georgia, by “continuing its engagements as co-chair in the Geneva discussions, the efforts of the European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia (EUSR), and the continued presence on the ground of the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM)”.
In conclusion, the EU reiterated that it would continue to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.
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