The delegation of South Ossetia will raise in Geneva the issue of removing the Georgian checkpoint in the village of Tsnelis

Sun, 06/10/2019 - 18:20
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The delegation of South Ossetia went to Geneva to participate in the next round of security discussions in Transсaucasia.

According to the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy of South Ossetia for post-conflict settlement Murat Dzhioev, the Geneva discussions will take place in a rather turbulent time, "when the Georgian side is escalating the situation in one of the sections of the state border - in the South Ossetian village of Uista (Tsnelis)."

"Therefore, the importance of the upcoming round is increasing at times, we hope that the situation will find its logical and diplomatic solution. The situation that has developed today once again proves the need to develop a document on the non-use of force," the envoy said.

He reminded that on August 23, the Georgian side, without prior discussion of the issue under the IPRM, as it had previously practiced, put up an illegal post in South Ossetia, four kilometers from the nearest Georgian settlement and about 300 meters from the South Ossetian settlement of Tsnelis, " which immediately created a tense situation at the border, as the residents of these villages felt in danger. "

The Plenipotentiary noted that five technical meetings had already taken place within the framework of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism, however, the South Ossetian party stated that the post was a source of tension and should be removed until it found understanding among the Georgian party.

The next round in Geneva will be held on October 8-9.

The Geneva discussions on security and stability in the Transcaucasia are held since 2008 and remain the only platform for Georgia’s dialogue with South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Representatives of Russia, the USA, the UN, EU and OSCE co-chairs also take part in the negotiations. The main goal of the discussions is to reach an agreement on the non-use of force between Tskhinval and Tbilisi, Sukhum and Tbilisi.

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