On November 16, Irakliy Tuzhba, Deputy Foreign Minister met with the co-chairs of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in the Trans-Caucasus - Toivo Klaar, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Jihan Sultanoglu, UN Representative and Annika Söder, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office for the South Caucasus at the Abkhazian Foreign Ministry.
The main topic of the consultations was the discussion of the agenda of the upcoming 55-th round of the International Geneva Discussions.
Opening the meeting, Irakliy Tuzhba, Deputy Foreign Minister noted that the main issue in the work of the IGD remains the agreement and further signing of the document on international guarantees of non-use of force. He stressed that it is necessary to intensify work on this issue in order to achieve a result.
Toivo Klaar, the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, agreed that the topic of non-use of force remains the key issue at the IGD and it is extremely important to move forward in this direction.During consultations with the co-chairs, the Abkhaz side expressed serious concern about the strengthening of Georgian military capabilities with the support of the US and other NATO countries. In particular, there was talk about the deterioration of the situation in the Black Sea, where U.S. warships entered at the end of October 2021.
Irakliy Tuzhba called on the co-chairs to pay close attention to these incidents in order to avoid escalation of tension in the region. The Deputy Minister stressed that the Abkhazian side will monitor the situation and respond to such actions.
Participants from the Abkhaz side made new proposals to unblock the work of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) in Gali.
There was also a general interest in the earliest possible commencement of the IPRM as an important component of the Geneva Discussions.
During the meeting, a number of pressing humanitarian issues related to health care, access to international education and freedom of movement were also discussed.
The next 55-th round of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in the Trans-Caucasus is scheduled for December 7-8, 2021.