On the 51st round of the Geneva Discussions

On the 51st round of the Geneva Discussions
12 December 2020 270

On December 10-11, 2020, the 51st round of the Geneva International Discussions on Security and Stability in the Transcaucasia was held in Geneva, in which representatives of the Republic of Abkhazia, the Republic of South Ossetia, Georgia, the Russian Federation and the United States took part. The round was co-chaired by the UN, OSCE and the EU. The delegation of the Republic of Abkhazia was headed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Irakli Tuzhba.

During the past round, the parties continued the discussion of a joint oral statement on the non-use of force as the main and most pressing issue of the agenda of the GID. The participants in the meeting spoke in favour of continuing the search for mutually acceptable formulations in order to advance and achieve positive dynamics in this question. Unfortunately, the destructive position of the Georgian participants, continuously refusing to agree on this document, does not allow progress in agreeing on the text of a joint oral statement. As a result, it was once again not possible to convince the Georgian participants of the need to adopt this document.
The situation on the Georgian-Abkhaz and Georgian-South Ossetian borders was assessed by all participants in the Geneva Discussions, except the Georgian one, as stable and controlled.

The Abkhazian side drew attention of the participants in the discussions to the continuing illegal crossing of the state border along the Ingur River, which lead to numerous arrests.

Joint interest in the resumption of the Gal IPRM was emphasized. The Abkhazian side expressed its readiness and commitment to the resumption of the work of this international mechanism, provided that specific issues of mutual interest will be discussed within the IPRM agenda.

The Abkhazian, Russian and South Ossetian sides once again expressed concern about the ongoing attempts to include Georgia into NATO, the process of intensive militarization of Georgia through the support of the United States and other countries of the alliance. It was emphasized that all these actions create threat to peace and stability in the South Caucasus.

The Abkhazian delegation reported on the situation with the COVID-19 in the republic, describing it as stable and controlled by the government of the Republic. In this regard, words of gratitude were expressed to the delegation of the Russian Federation for the assistance provided, as well as to representatives of international organizations based on the territory of the Republic of Abkhazia.

As part of the work of the group on humanitarian issues, an exchange of views took place on topical issues related to freedom of movement, education and other issues.

The next 52nd round of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in Transcaucasia is scheduled for March 23-24, 2020.

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