On 5 May 2010, the sixteenth meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), chaired by the United Nations, was held in Gali.
Participants reviewed incidents reported since the previous meeting, exchanged information and provided clarification in this regard. Incidents addressed at the previous IPRM meeting were also followed up.
Participants noted the need to ensure unhindered passage for the local civilian population, in particular for patients, who are seeking medical assistance, and ambulances.
All participants once again reaffirmed their commitment of providing advance notice of sensitive activities for prevention of incidents and confidence building purposes. The importance of hotline as a useful tool to address issues in a timely and professional manner was also emphasized.
The meeting took place in a professional and constructive atmosphere, with participants engaging in a respectful manner.
Participants agreed that the next meeting of the IPRM would take place in Gali on 25 May 2010.