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20th Meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism

14 Sep 2010 - 16:20

On 14 September 2010, the twentieth meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), chaired by the United Nations, was held in Gali.

As in the previous IPRM meetings, participants discussed issues related to freedom of movement of the local population, in particular school teachers and students.  In this regard, clarifications on procedures and modalities in place were once again provided, noting that there were no changes to the previous practices.  Participants also raised the issue of freedom of movement of goods and transportation means across the Inguri river.

Noting decrease in the number of incidents in the period since the previous IPRM meeting, the participants discussed some reported incidents, including the detention of Russian citizens on 30 August near Orsantia village.  Furthermore, participants exchanged information on the criminal situation in the Gali district and undertook to follow up on these matters on the operational level.

IPRM participants positively assessed the recent release by the Abkhaz side of the Georgian detainee as a confidence-building measure.

The meeting 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 8 October 2010.