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7th Meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism

21 Oct 2009 - 10:22

On 20 October 2009, the seventh meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), chaired by the United Nations, was held in Gali.

Participants reviewed incidents in the period since the last meeting, providing clarifications and additional information on most of the incidents addressed.  They also reviewed material pertaining to the issue of recent and past helicopter flights along and in the vicinity of the Inguri River, and noted the assurances given so that such flights do not provide cause for concern.

Discussions on the movement of the local population, in particular local schoolchildren, between Gali and Zugdidi districts also continued.  While the overall situation was again assessed as satisfactory, some aspects remain a source of concern and will again be reviewed and updated during the next meeting.

The continuing constructive engagement by all participants once more ensured a useful meeting.

It was agreed that the next meeting of the IPRM would take place in Gali on 3 November 2009.