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19th Meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism

20 Jul 2010 - 10:20

On 20 July 2010, the nineteenth 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, including incidents that were deemed to have occurred due to the undefined line of separation along the Inguri River.  They also exchanged additional information on some incidents discussed during the previous meeting, in particular incidents of a criminal nature that are of mutual concern.  Participants undertook to follow up further on these matters in the period leading to the next meeting of the IPRM.

A main item of discussion focused on the need to ensure the freedom of movement of the local population across the Inguri River.  In this regard, participants clarified procedures and modalities currently in place and discussed planned changes that may impact on the freedom of movement and livelihood of the local population.

Today’s meeting once more took place in a constructive, businesslike atmosphere with all participants engaging in a respectful and professional manner.

Participants agreed that the next meeting of the IPRM would take place in Gali on 14 September 2010.