RSS Feed Eng | Rus | Geo  
24 Apr. '18 | Last updated: 16:01 - 24 Apr.'18
Home News Analysis Commentary Interview Security Elections Photos Archive
U.S. ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Crossing Points Closure along Abkhazia
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 7 Mar.'17 / 09:49

Enguri bridge, one of the two remaining crossing points between Gali and Zugdidi districts. 2016. Photo: Korbezashvili

“The United States is deeply concerned by the decision of de facto Abkhaz authorities to close two controlled crossing points along the administrative boundary line of the occupied territory of Abkhazia in Georgia,” State Department Spokesperson Mark C. Toner said in a press statement on March 6.

Authorities in Sokhumi closed two out of four crossing points - Nabakevi-Khurcha and Meore Otobaia-Orsantia - between Abkhazia’s predominantly ethnic Georgian Gali district and its adjoining Zugdidi district of Samegrelo region on March 5.

The U.S. Department of State said that these closures “will further restrict freedom of movement and damage the livelihoods of local residents.”

“Actions such as these not only impose humanitarian hardships on the local population, they also erode the trust and confidence of the people and undermine the Geneva International Discussions, which are the recognized mechanism for discussing security-related issues and humanitarian needs of the conflict-affected population,” it said.

“The United States calls for these crossing points to be re-opened, allowing children to attend school and residents to move freely to engage in commerce, visit relatives, and obtain necessary medical services,” the statement also said.

The State Department Spokesperson reiterated the country’s “full support” to Georgia’s territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders.

The decision to close the crossing points, made on December 28 by authorities in Sokhumi, has raised concerns locally and internationally.

Residents of Nabakevi and surrounding villages in Gali district, who used the two crossing points to travel to the neighboring Zugdidi district for schooling, medical services and commercial activities, organized a protest rally against the decision on January 25. 

A number of countries and international organizations, including the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, the United States, the United Kingdom, Lithuania and Japan, spoke against the planned closure stressing that it would restrict freedom of movement for locals, including schoolchildren and patients requiring medical treatment.

Georgian MFA Condemns Crossing Points Closure along Abkhazia
NATO ‘Concerned’ Over Plans for Abkhazia Crossing Points Closure
UN ‘Regrets’ Plans for Abkhazia Crossing Points Closure 
EU Says Abkhazia Crossing Points Closure ‘Detrimental’ to Freedom of Movement 
Gali Residents Protest Crossing Point Closure 
United States Condemns Russia’s Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Abkhazia

Latest News

24 Apr. '18 | 16:01
Georgia: Mixed Reactions over Armenia Protests
24 Apr. '18 | 12:37
Court Finds ex-Defense Minister Guilty of ‘Organizing’ Torture, Sexual Abuse
24 Apr. '18 | 11:39
Tskhinvali Leader Attends Yalta Forum, Meets Syrian, Italian, Serbian Delegations
23 Apr. '18 | 15:39
Finance Minister Visits Washington DC, Meets Representatives of Financial Institutions
23 Apr. '18 | 15:14
Red Cross Identifies Remains of Abkhazia Conflict Victims
23 Apr. '18 | 14:13
Russian Foreign Ministry Criticizes Tbilisi’s Policy on Abkhazia, S.Ossetia
20 Apr. '18 | 16:58
CoE Issues Report on Conflict in Georgia
20 Apr. '18 | 14:32
Parliament Adopts Changes to Party Funding Rules
20 Apr. '18 | 10:20
EU: "Deep Concern" over Human Rights Situation in Abkhazia, S.Ossetia
19 Apr. '18 | 17:29
Majority Group Meeting over Internal Dispute Postponed
more news »   

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2008, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.

Since July 1, 2001