By Head of EUMM Kęstutis Jankauskas
The EUMM (European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia) is an unarmed civilian monitoring mission. The Mission was deployed following the EU-mediated Six Point Agreement, which ended the 2008 August war and represents the EU’s commitment to security in Georgia. The Mission monitors and provides information on the security situation with a special focus on the situation along the Administrative Boundary Lines (ABLs).
By providing objective information on the security situation and through its 24/7 presence and quick response to developments on the ground, the Mission directly and effectively contributes to defusing tensions – preventing possible escalation which could result from emotional responses to events,the presentation of distorted information, or other means of information warfare. In addition to regular monitoring, a set of instruments such as the hotline, the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), and Memoranda of Understanding with the Ministries of Defence and Internal Affairs of Georgia help the Mission to ensure that there is no return to hostilities. The Mission applies the principle of ‘operational impartiality’ in all its activities.
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