78th IPRM meeting takes place in Ergneti
On 7 June 2017, the 78th meeting under the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) was held in Ergneti in an open and constructive atmosphere.
Ambassador Kęstutis Jankauskas, Head of the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), and Ambassador Guenther Baechler, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus, co-facilitated the proceedings.
Ambassador Baechler opened the proceedings and Ambassador Jankauskas provided a short overall summary of events since the last meeting. These included the general security situation, hotline activations and detention cases. It was noted that the number of detentions since the last meeting was higher compared to the previous month, but lower compared to the same period last year.
The ongoing imprisonment of Giorgi Giunashvili was again discussed and further information was provided.
The issue of several unannounced gatherings close to the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) was raised. The co-facilitators underlined the availability of the Hotline to inform – if possible, in advance – about such and similar visits or raise questions.
Following deliberations on the impact of borderisation on the lives of people residing along the ABL, Ambassador Jankauskas stressed the importance of a humanitarian approach.
The next IPRM meeting will take place on 11 July 2017.
The OSCE and EUMM co-facilitators,
Baechler and Ambassador Kęstutis Jankauskas, announcing the opening of
the 78th IPRM meeting.
Mr. David Sanakoev from South Ossetian side shares his views on the
outcome of the 78th IPRM meeting with Georgian and South
Immediately following each IPRM meeting, staff members of the
co-facilitators come together to
elaborate a Press Release,
outlining the main outcome of the meeting.
Mr. Kakhaber Kemoklidze from Georgian side gives his statement to Georgian media following th
EUMM Hotline Holder Michal Ostasz saying goodbye to his
Russian counterpart, Mr. Vadim Antsiferov. This IPRM meeting was the last attended by
Michal Ostasz before his end of duty in the Mission.
Hotilne holders from all sides gathered for a memorable photo with Michal Ostasz (number three from the left) before his end of duty in the
Mission. Read more about the EUMM facilitated Hotline
(From left to right: Vadim Antsiferov (Russian side), David Sanakoev (South Ossetian side),
Head of Mission
Jankauskas, EUMM Hotline holder Michal Ostasz, Shota Bilanishvili (Georgian side), Yury Reznichenko (Russian side), Sandro Bzishvili (Georgian side), Kakhaber Kemoklidze (Georgian side), Zviad Zviadadze (Georgian side), Koba Tsertsvadze