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11th Meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism

20 Jan 2010 - 11:25

On 20 January 2010, the eleventh meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), chaired by the United Nations, was held in Gali.

Participants discussed incidents since the previous meeting and exchanged clarifying information in this regard.  Maritime security was also addressed and clarifications were provided with regard to the deployment of Coast Guard vessels.  In this context, another brief exchange took place on last year’s incident involving a commercial vessel and its cargo.

The issue of crossings was also discussed, including the possibility of re-establishing a free bus service across the Inguri bridge for the benefit of the local population.  Participants agreed to continue this discussion.

Participants also discussed the need to seek means for cooperation in combating criminal activities, which would be mutually beneficial.  This issue also remains under discussion.

The meeting took place in a business-like atmosphere, with participants engaging in a constructive dialogue aimed at addressing past and preventing future incidents.

Participants agreed that the next meeting of the IPRM would take place in Gali on 9 February 2010.