EU calls on the de facto authorities in Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) and the Russian Federation to allow for the reopening of all crossing points at the South Ossetian Administrative Boundary Line (ABL), according to a statement, issued on 5 September by the EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell to mark the two-year anniversary of the closing of the Odzisi crossing point at the South Ossetian ABL.
The Head of the EU Delegation reminds that, prior to the closure, up to 400 crossings would take place on average every day.
“For the past two years, ethnic Georgian residents of the Akhalgori District have been unable to cross and meet their relatives, collect their pensions or exercise their right to education in their native language. Further, access to medical care has been hampered, while reports of food and medicine shortages persist,” says Carl Hartzell. “In this regard, the recent easing of procedures regulating medical crossings from the Akhalgori District has been a welcomed development.”
The EU is confident that a sensible and adequate COVID-19 testing strategy can be implemented in order to allow for greater freedom of movement, the statement says.
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