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Abkhazia once again called for equal access to its representatives on all international platforms where issues affecting the republic are discussed.

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04.04.2019 10:43
Abkhazia once again called for equal access to its representatives on all international platforms where issues affecting the republic are discussed.
On the 47th round of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in the Caucasus.

Sukhum. April 4. Apsnypress. The 47th Round of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in the South Caucasus took place in Geneva. It was attended by representatives of the Republic of Abkhazia, the Republic of South Ossetia, Georgia, the Russian Federation and the United States under the co-chairmanship of the UN, OSCE and the EU.
 
 The delegation of the Republic of Abkhazia was headed by Foreign Minister Daur Kove.
 
 During the talks, representatives of the Republic of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and the Russian Federation stated that they continued to consider further discussion of the issue related to the signing of the Agreement on the Non-Use of Force the key task of working together in Geneva. However, this time it was not possible to adopt a joint statement of the participants on commitment to the non-use of force, which would serve as an important step towards signing a legally binding Agreement on the non-use of force between Georgia and Abkhazia and Georgia and South Ossetia as the main objective of the Geneva discussions. Work on the joint project will continue in the next round.
 
 In addition, there was a discussion on the temporary restriction of border crossing along the Ingur. According to representatives of the Georgian delegation, the closure of the border during the introduction of quarantine had a negative impact on the movement of the local population, there was expessed an opinion that the outbreak of the H1N1 strain of the influenza virus was not a serious reason for making this decision.
 
 In turn, representatives of the Abkhaz delegation emphasized that there was no closure of the border, and the decision to impose quarantine and restrictions on crossing the border with Georgia was dictated by the need to ensure the safety of the citizens of Abkhazia and prevent the spread of swine flu in the republic.
 
 During the discussion of the tragic death of Irakli Kvaratskhelia, Abkhazian Foreign Minister Daur Kove spoke in detail about the incident on March 10, 2019, when Georgian citizen Irakli Kvaratskhelia was detained after the illegal border crossing, after committing suicide. All participants in the meeting once again spoke in favor of the need to resume the work of the IPRM in Gal, stressing that this format is extremely effective and important for preventing such incidents.
 
 The Abkhaz side once again expressed its commitment to resuming the work of the IPRM, only if the Georgian side fulfills the demands put forward by it. A positive assessment was also given to the operational functioning of the hotlines.
 
 In the course of the negotiation process, the Abkhaz side again called for equal access for representatives of Abkhazia to all international platforms where issues affecting the interests of the Republic of Abkhazia are discussed.
 
 The delegations of Abkhazia, Russia and South Ossetia reiterated their serious concern over the increasing number of NATO military exercises in Georgia, which pose a serious threat to regional security. In particular, they talked about the command-staff exercises "NATO-Georgia 2019", which opened on March 18, 2019 on the territory of the Center for the support of exercises and military education near Tbilisi.
 
 As part of the work of the second working group, they discussed issues of a humanitarian nature related to freedom of movement, access to education and many other pressing issues.
 
The 48th round of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in Transcaucasia is scheduled for July 2-3, 2019.

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