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116th Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism meeting takes place in Ergneti

ERGNETI, 13 December 2023 – The 116th Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) took place in Ergneti today under the co-facilitation of the Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), Dimitrios Karabalis, and the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus, Viorel Moşanu. 

The EUMM and OSCE commended the commitment of the participants to the IPRM format. Ambassador Moşanu informed that the 2024 OSCE Chairpersonship will be held by the Republic of Malta.

The fatal shooting, which occurred on 6 November near Kirbali village, was discussed at length during the meeting, with the co-facilitators condemning the use of force, which led to the loss of life of a Georgian citizen. The co-facilitators underscored that the safety of the conflict-affected communities must remain the highest priority for all participants at the IPRM. All participants emphasised that such tragic incidents must be prevented to maintain security and stability along the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL). 

The co-facilitators and participants noted the important role of the extraordinary meeting in Ergneti on the evening of 6 November to defuse tension. They also commended the crucial role of the EUMM-managed Hotline and the involvement of the co-facilitators for the timely exchange of information surrounding the incident.

The OSCE and EUMM advocated for the lifting of freedom of movement restrictions during the upcoming holiday season, while reiterating their calls for the full re-opening of crossing points for regular cross-ABL traffic. 

IPRM participants also discussed challenges faced by men, women and children affected by the conflict, particularly ‘borderisation’ activities and recent detentions. The EUMM and OSCE urged for a humanitarian approach towards the resolution of detention cases, particularly in view of the upcoming holidays. 

The participants agreed to convene the next regular IPRM meeting on 13 February 2024.

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