Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and
Vice-President of the Commission made the following statement:
"I welcome the removal of the Russian checkpoint in Perevi, Georgia, as announced at the 13th
round of Geneva International Discussions on 14 October, and see it as a positive development on
the ground. I look forward to further progress towards the full implementation of the EU-brokered
Six Point Agreement of 12 August 2008 and its Implementing Measures of 8 September 2008.
Monitors from the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) have confirmed that the Russian checkpoint
was dismantled on 18 October. EUMM has been liaising with Russian and Georgian authorities to
ensure that the withdrawal is carried out in an orderly and peaceful manner.
The EU remains fully committed to a peaceful resolution of the conflict. I call on all parties to make
real efforts towards further normalisation on the ground and to continue engaging in dialogue as
the only means to address the consequences of the conflict, including the humanitarian situation. "