On 5 October, the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) confirmed
the dismantling of the first Russian checkpoint. The checkpoint was located
in Ali, north west of Gori in the adjacent area to South Ossetia. The
dismantling was observed on location by EUMM monitors.
“I can confirm that our monitors have been able to verify that a first Russian
checkpoint, in the village of Ali, has been dismantled this morning”, said
Furthermore, EUMM monitors have been able to register on their patrols
since the start of their operational work on 1 October 2008 numerous signs
that indicate the preparation of the planned withdrawal of Russian forces at
different checkpoints in the adjacent areas both to South Ossetia and
“Our monitors have seen indications that preparations for withdrawal is
ongoing at different observation- and checkpoints. We are confident that the
Russian side will respect its commitment to withdraw forces by 10
October”, added Ambassador Haber.
The EU mediated Agreements of 12 August and 8 September 2008
committed the EUMM to deploy by 1 October and for the Russian troops
withdrawal from the areas adjacent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia to the
positions prior to 7 August by 10 October 2008.
“We are continuing technical talks with our Russian and Georgian
counterparts in order to facilitate an orderly process”, explained