The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Foreign Minister of Sweden Ann Linde on 16 February visited parts of the Administrative Boundary Line with South Ossetia, in the Khurvaleti area, with the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM).
EUMM Head of Mission, Ambassador Marek Szczygieł, welcomed Ann Linde and joined her delegation throughout the visit, offering his insights on the most recent developments on the ground.
First in Patara Khurvaleti, and later in the village of Didi Khurvaleti, EUMM Monitors briefed Linde and her delegation on the security situation in the area, with a focus on ‘borderisation’ and the negative impact on freedom of movement and other human rights of conflict-affected communities.
The discussions further moved on to the very concrete challenges that communities living along the Administrative Boundary Lines continue to face in their daily life, further amplified with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office was accompanied by the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus, Annika Söder.
They both welcomed the excellent cooperation between the EUMM and the OSCE and reiterated their commitment to jointly facilitate the next Ergneti Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism.
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