Security issues were discussed during a videoconference with the co-chairs of the Geneva discussions

Fri, 05/06/2020 - 19:46

On Friday, during a video conference with the co-chairs and co-moderators of discussions - representatives of the UN, OSCE and the European Union the participants of the South Ossetian delegation at the Geneva International Discussions on Security in Transcaucasia discussed security issues.

According to the press service of the Presidential Envoy's office, when discussing the security situation in the area of the South Ossetian-Georgian state border, the need to withdraw the Georgian police, post illegally set up near the village of Uista (Tsnelis) on the South Ossetian territory was again stressed.

"As a factor contributing to the preservation of stability in the border areas, was noted the presence of the South Ossetian information signs and border fences on certain sections of the border," the report said.

South Ossetian participants drew attention to the facts of deliberate violation of the border by Georgian police, repeated overflights of the Georgian aircraft over the border line, as well as biased information by the Georgian side of the international community about the real situation at the border.

The Conference participants agreed on the issue of continuing the search for further ways to defuse tensions in the region and ensure the non-use of force.

During the video conference, a discussion was held on the situation in connection with the coronavirus epidemic.

"In this regard, the efforts of the authorities of South Ossetia to prevent the spread of the disease, to assist socially vulnerable groups of the population, in particular, pensioners, were noted with satisfaction," the press service said.

Humanitarian issues were also discussed, in particular, ascertaining the fate of persons to be listed missing, water supply during the irrigation period, and Ossetian historical and cultural heritage in Georgia.

All participants in the video conference spoke in favor of continuing the dialogue in the format of the Geneva discussions, including, if possible, using the potential of the IPRM.

The activities of the "Hotline" operating within the framework of the IPRM were positively assessed.

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