Tbilisi, 21 July 2022 – EUMM Head of Mission, Ambassador Marek Szczygieł, hosted today a delegation of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET), led by its Chair Mr David McAllister, at the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) with South Ossetia.
Head of Mission first welcomed the visitors at Field Office Mtskheta to brief them on the latest security developments along the South Ossetian ABL. The delegation then travelled to Odzisi, where the delegation could observe ‘borderisation’ features with their own eyes. EUMM monitors explained how the ongoing ‘borderisation’ and the closure of the Odzisi crossing point for regular cross-ABL traffic have negatively affected the local populations’ freedom of movement. Head of Mission emphasised that EUMM as co-facilitator of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) continues to advocate for the permanent reopening of the crossing points along the ABL with South Ossetia.
At the end of their visit, the delegation expressed their gratitude for the informative visit and EUMM’s contribution to stability in Georgia and the wider region.