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8th Meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism

4 Nov 2009 - 12:30

On 3 November 2009, the eighth 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 clarification and exchanging information on specific incidents and security-related developments, including military exercises.

The movement of the local population between Gali and Zugdidi districts, including by public transport, was discussed in some detail, with participants exchanging views and providing information on crossing procedures and requirements, both current and future.  They specifically agreed that civilians needing medical assistance should be given unhindered passage for treatment.

All participants once again engaged in a constructive dialogue, seeking and providing information and clarification on all agenda items with a view to averting any potential incident or escalation in tension.

Participants agreed that the next meeting of the IPRM would take place in Gali on 17 November 2009.