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21st Meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism

8 Oct 2010 - 14:54

On 8 October 2010, the twenty first meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), chaired by the United Nations, was held in Gali.

Participants once again discussed issues related to the freedom of movement of the local population, in particular for school pupils and university students.  In this regard, further clarifications on crossing procedures and practices were provided.

Several incidents reported since the last meeting of the IPRM were addressed in detail, including specific security-related incidents and reports of alleged mistreatment of the local population.  A number of these incidents were clarified through detailed explanations and exchanges of information, while some others remain open pending further information to be provided during the next meeting.  In this regard, participants also briefly addressed the issue of missing persons, and agreed to review an unresolved case should any new information become available.

Although a number of sensitive issues were raised in today’s meeting, all participants engaged in a professional, constructive and respectful manner. They demonstrated restraint and made a concerted effort to avoid politicisation of issues under discussion.  This was instrumental in ensuring an overall atmosphere conducive to further progress.

Participants agreed that the next meeting of the IPRM would take place in Gali on 2 November 2010.