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4th Meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism

8 Sep 2009 - 11:54

On 8 September 2009, the fourth meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), chaired by the United Nations, was held in Gali.

Participants addressed incidents in the period since their last meeting, including recent maritime incidents in the Black Sea.  On the latter, an in-depth discussion allowed participants to state their views, including on legal aspects, and they agreed that incidents with potential security consequences should be avoided.

An exchange of views also took place with regard to the movement of local school children attending schools in Zugdidi and Tsalenjikha.  It was agreed, and indeed encouraged that ahead of the new school year relevant information on crossing procedures would be shared with the local population.

Other specific incidents were also discussed.  Participants provided clarifying information on these and related matters.  They agreed that IPRM meetings should have a review of past incidents as a standing agenda item.

It was agreed that the next meeting of the IPRM would take place in Gali on 22 September 2009.