26 July 2021,   23:30
The President of Lithuania visits the occupation line

The President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda, visited today parts of the Tskhinvali region’s occupation line with the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM).

EUMM Head of Mission, Ambassador Marek Szczygieł, who joined President Nausėda throughout his visit, briefed him on the latest security and humanitarian developments on the ground and offered his insights on the geographic specificities of the Khurvaleti area.

In the divided village of Didi Khurvaleti, he further explained how ongoing “borderisation” activities and features, such as the installation of new wire fences and watchtowers, negatively affect the daily life and human rights of conflict-affected population. In particular, the exchanges between the President and the Mission focused on the restrictions that “borderisation” causes to the freedom of movement of the local population, including in terms of access to education, health services, land and property.

The discussions also highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the humanitarian situation on the ground and amplified the challenges faced by conflict-affected communities in their daily lives.