Following a more than a year-long closure, Enguri crossing point that links Russian-occupied Abkhazia to Georgia proper has been re-opened by the Kremlin-backed authorities, the State Security Service of Georgia (SSG) reported.
Starting July 5, any persons who hold the “so-called permission for movement” are allowed to cross the passage, Tbilisi said. The closure, imposed by Sokhumi in February 2020 citing coronavirus fears, was previously eased in February 2021, enabling only elderly, pensioners and people with special needs to travel.
The SSG said it was informed on the development through the European Union Monitoring Mission-administered hotline. The EUMM dubbed the re-opening after 478 days of closure “a positive development allowing for a greater freedom of movement for the conflict-affected population.”
Enguri crossing point is the only functioning passage along the dividing line between Abkhazia and Georgia proper.
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