EU responds to situation in Georgia at OSCE Permanent Council meeting

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On 5 September, in response to the situation in Georgia, the EU delivered a statement at the Permanent Council meeting of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which took place in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

“We regret that recent developments along the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) have negatively impacted the overall security situation,” said the EU.

“The European Union is actively engaged with the recent, highly concerning occurrences in the Gugutiantkari and Chorchana/Tsnelisi areas. The erection of fences by the de-facto authorities of South Ossetia, backed by Russian border guards, hinders the freedom of movement of the local population and deprives them from access to orchards and water resources, which are key to their livelihood.”

“Such activities must stop immediately, and we urge the Russian Federation to engage in reversing them,” stressed the EU.

The EU highlighted that 2019 marks the 11th anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia, “which unfortunately still remains unresolved.”

“The European Union expresses its unwavering commitment to a peaceful resolution of this conflict in line with OSCE principles and commitments and the fundamental norms of international law,” added the statement.

“We remain engaged through the EU Special Representative and its co-chairmanship of the Geneva International Discussions, and through the work of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia. The EUMM (EU Monitoring Mission) remains the only international presence on the ground, which tirelessly keeps contributing to stabilization, normalization and confidence-building between the conflicting parties.”

The complete statement is available here.

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Text of the EU Statement

EU-Georgia relations