On 18 May 2018, the 56th meeting of the joint Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) chaired by the United Nations was held in Gali town with the participation of Georgian, Russian, Abkhaz and EUMM (European Union Monitoring Mission) representatives. The meeting took place in a constructive and business-like atmosphere.
The overall security situation on the ground, since the previous IPRM meeting, which took place on 25 April 2018, was assessed as calm and stable without serious incidents reported. In this context, the contribution of all participants was commended, and they were urged to continue this positive trend.
The role of hotline to maintain communication between the participants for the purpose of information exchange, and most importantly of incident prevention, was once again emphasized. Besides sharing information on planned sensitive activities at the IPRM meetings, the participants were advised to use the hotline for advance notice on unforeseen similar activities. They were informed that since the April IPRM meeting there were 31 hotline activations on 17 different issues.
At the 56th IPRM meeting, the participants followed up on several issues, which had been discussed at the previous meetings. As a new agenda point, they had an extensive exchange of opinions related to freedom of movement of local residents crossing the line of control.
It was agreed to hold the next meeting on 27 June 2018.