The 49-th round of the Geneva International Discussions on Security and Stability in the Transcaucasus was held on October 8-9, 2019 in which took part the representatives of the Republic of Abkhazia, the Republic of South Ossetia, Georgia, the Russian Federation and the United States co-chaired the UN, OSCE and the EU.
The delegation of the Republic of Abkhazia, headed by Daur Kove, the Minister of Foreign Affairs includes Irakli Tuzhba, the Deputy Foreign Minister, Vladimir Arlan, the Deputy Chairman of the State Security Service of the Republic of Abkhazia as well as Lasha Avidzba and Arthur Gagulia, the employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia.
The main attention of the participants of the GID round was focused on the escalation of tension on the Georgian-South Ossetian border which arose as a result of provocative actions by the Georgian side, which unilaterally put up an additional checkpoint in the immediate vicinity of the South Ossetian village of Tsnelis.
All participants noted the need for an early resolution of the situation exclusively by peaceful means, through negotiations and compromises. The representatives of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and the Russian Federation assigned all responsibility for the aggravation of the situation and possible further escalation on the Georgian-South Ossetian border to the Georgian authorities.
In addition, the participants from Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Russia paid serious attention of all those present to the need to agree on a text of a joint oral statement on the non-use of force, the adoption of which would serve as a good basis for further dialogue aimed at achieving peace and stability in the region.
Unfortunately, once again, the representatives of Georgia and the United States failed to take a constructive approach to solve of the existing problems and refused to discuss the text of the joint oral statement. As a result, it was decided to postpone the discussion of this issue to the next round of GID which will be held on December 10-11, 2019.