The Co-Chairs of Geneva International Discussions (GID) call for the immediate re-opening of all crossing points on the line of occupation between Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia and Georgia proper.
In their statement of November 6, the Co-Chairs “appealed to the relevant actors to re-open, without delay” the crossing points that have been closed since early September following the Chorchana-Tsnelisi crisis.
The Co-Chairs stressed that the recent months “have seen a serious deterioration of the security situation on the ground, which has raised fears amongst the local population.”
According to them, “the ongoing closure of crossing points is aggravating an already difficult situation, as illustrated by recent medical cases, with a severe impact on the local conflict-affected population.”
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GID Co-Chairs welcomed the “mutual concern and commitment” of all participants engaged in the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) to de-escalate the situation on the ground.
“While the concerns about the security situation are shared, steps to address these should be proportional and should always take humanitarian aspects into consideration,” the statement reads.
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The Co-Chairs also underscored that together with their organizations, the they also “remain actively engaged in contributing to a solution to the continuing security challenges in the Chorchana-Tsnelisi area.”