07 December 2019,   18:24
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Rising tensions and incorrect statements are completely unacceptable – EU

European Union released a statement on the situation along the dividing line.

“Rising tensions along the dividing line are completely unacceptable. So are factually incorrect statements from within South Ossetia concerning security actions and developments on the ground, which only fuel further tensions.

The EU calls on all relevant actors to show maximum restraint and refrain from any steps or statements that could escalate the situation. Instead, mechanisms put in place to prevent incidents and find solutions - such as the Hotline, the IPRM and Geneva International Discussions - must be consistently used. In addition, crossing points closed since early September should be reopened without delay. All these represent the best way for finding solutions to current security, humanitarian and other problems caused by the situation along the dividing line.

The EUMM as the only international presence on the ground plays a key role in the ongoing work to stabilize the situation. The attempts from within South Ossetia, both in action and through statements, to prevent the Mission’s work and restrict its mandate are deplorable and must stop. The EU remains fully committed to peaceful conflict resolution in Georgia and reiterates its firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders”, - reads the statement.

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