Security in the region remains a priority: a meeting of co-chairs was held in Tskhinval

Tue, 11/02/2020 - 17:55

Creating an atmosphere of security is important not only in our region, but also on a wider scale, said Presidential; Plenipotentiary Envoy of South Ossetia for post-conflict settlement Murat Dzhioev at the meeting with the co-chairs of the Geneva discussions.

The co-chairs of the Geneva discussions arrived in Tskhinval to discuss the current situation in the South Ossetian-Georgian border area.

“We appreciate that you are trying to find common ground on the issue of resolving the situation and on the issue of creating a security system in the area adjacent to the border. We assure you that this is our daily work so that the situation in the border region is calm and we find ways to create good neighborly relations with the neighboring state - Georgia,” the Ambassador said.

He has reminded that in South Ossetia, the Geneva format and the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) are highly valued. According to Dzhioev, the IPRM can solve many specific problems that appear in the border areas. “In no way do we intend to leave the IPRMI format, or defiantly refuse to meet the IPRM. The evidence of this fact is the holding of technical meetings within the framework of the IPRMI during the aggravation of the situation in Tsnelis due to the fault of the Georgian side, when the Georgian side constructed the illegal post on the territory of South Ossetia. Seven such meetings were held, and the only issue discussed was the situation in Tsnelis, " Dzhioev explained.

Touching upon the situation as a whole, the Plenipotentiary noted that “highly appreciate the efforts of international diplomats to find ways to resolve the situation, as well as acceptable ways to achieve security and peace, as well as to develop legally binding documents on the non-use of force. Non-use of force in relations between Georgia and South Ossetia is regarded as a guarantee of lasting peace and security in the region as a whole.”

According to Toivo Klaar, the EU Co-Chair, today's meeting is an extraordinary one. “We hope that we will be able to have a constructive dialogue and talk about opening checkpoints.

We should note the positive factor of the recent opening of checkpoints, but we would like them to be permanent. After all, everything we discuss in meetings is for the benefit of people

Together we should think about how we can make life easier for people,” Klaar emphasized.

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