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17th Meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism

25 May 2010 - 17:16

On 25 May 2010, the seventeenth meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), chaired by the United Nations, was held in Gali.

Participants discussed incidents reported in the period since the previous IPRM meeting, and exchanged additional information on some incidents discussed during the last meeting.  Discussions focused, in particular, on the need to respect the freedom of movement of the local population, including medical personnel, whilst at the same time meeting the security requirements of all participants.

The follow-up discussion on previous incidents concluded that some unintentional violations stem primarily from the unmarked terrain along the Inguri River.  In this regard, participants supported the idea that, in future, joint visits at a technical level could take place, with a view to preventing any recurrences of incidents in future.  In this context, the value of the hotline was once again highlighted with the addition of a new contact number.

The meeting was held in a professional and business-like atmosphere, with all participants engaging in an open and respectful manner.

Participants agreed that the next meeting of the IPRM would take place in Gali on 22 June 2010.