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18th Meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism

15 Jun 2010 - 12:13

On 15 June 2010, the eighteenth meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), chaired by the United Nations, was held in Gali.

Participants discussed the violent incidents that had recently taken place in Gali district, including the killing on 1 June of Mr Genadi Kvitsiniya, the killing on 3 June of Mr Dmitri Katsia, and the acts of arson on 6 June in the village of Dikhazurga, which resulted in the destruction of five houses.  In an effort to determine the nature of these incidents, participants engaged in a detailed discussion and provided clarifying information.

Notwithstanding a difference of opinion on the causal aspects, participants agreed that a known criminal element had been involved in at least one of these killings.  In this regard, they exchanged information on the activities of criminals operating on both sides and across the InguriRiver, and expressed a common interest to cooperate further on matters related to the combating criminal activities.

Participants regretted and condemned the events that took place on 6 June in the village of Dikhazurga.  They discussed both the factual circumstances surrounding this incident and steps taken since 6 June to avoid any further recurrence.  In this context, participants also noted the need to refrain from inflammatory public statements, including pre-judging the outcomes of ongoing investigations.

Despite the difficult nature of the discussions, the meeting took place in a professional and constructive manner, with all participants engaging openly and positively.

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