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10th Meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism

10 Dec 2009 - 16:12

On 8 December 2009, the tenth meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), chaired by the United Nations, was held in Gali.

Participants had an in-depth discussion on a number of alleged incidents related to crossings.  Clarifications on current rules and practices were given. In this connection, concerns were raised regarding the establishment of a fence along the Inguri river.

The alleged over-flights by UAVs were also discussed.  A request to stop these was made with a view to avoid unnecessary confrontation.

Participants once again discussed the recent maritime incidents in the Black Sea.  One participant gave an update on the bilateral talks aimed at providing a proper framework for uncontested maritime traffic, including for humanitarian shipments.

The meeting took place in a business-like atmosphere, with participants engaging in a spirit of resolving past and preventing future incidents.

Participants agreed that the next meeting of the IPRM would take place in Gali on 20 January 2010.