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Press Communiqué of Co-Chairs of Geneva International Discussions

The thirty-ninth round of the Geneva International Discussions was held on Wednesday. The Co-Chairs welcomed the overall business-like atmosphere in which it took place.

In Working Group I dealing with security issues, the participants assessed the security situation as relatively calm and stable. There was an extensive exchange of views on a number of issues of concern, in particular detentions, investigation of the May 2016 Khurcha killing and also access to farmland along the South Ossetian Administrative Boundary Line. The constructive engagement in recent meetings of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms in Ergneti and Gali was welcomed by all participants as an important contribution to stability on the ground. Participants explored ways forward regarding further work on a joint statement on non-use of force. It was agreed to conduct additional consultations on this issue in the run-up to the next round.

The participants agreed to hold the next round on 20-21 June 2017.

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