The United States “is very concerned” about the recent developments along the occupation line with Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, “specifically the events in the area of Chorchana.”
Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy Elizabeth Rood said on September 17 that the U.S. calls on “the Russian and South Ossetian sides to take all necessary steps to de-escalate the situation.”
The situation was defused somewhat, as the decision was reached to hold the “technical meeting.” However, following the unanimous denial from Tbilisi to dismantle the checkpoint, in Tit-for-Tat move Tskhinvali started works to “mark the border” in Chorchana-Tsnelisi area, by placing “border signs” and their flag on Tbilisi-controlled territory.
“We call on all parties to use the existing mechanisms through the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM), the hotline and so forth, to ensure that the situation remains calm and stable,” Rood stated.
She then added that the U.S. is also “deeply concerned” about the closure of crossing points on the occupation line with Tskhinvali Region, which is “causing very severe humanitarian consequences for the residents of the region.”
The U.S. calls on:
- the Russian Federation to fulfill its obligations under the 2008 Ceasefire Agreement to withdraw its forces to pre-conflict positions;
- “the de facto South Ossetian authorities to reopen” the crossing points “immediately.”
17/09/2019 – EUMM on Events in Chorchana-Tsnelisi Area