On the meeting with the Co-Chairs of the International Geneva Discussions

On the meeting with the Co-Chairs of the International Geneva Discussions
31 May 2022 759

On May 31, 2022, Irakli Tuzhba, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia met with the Co-Chairs of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in the Transcaucasia - with Toivo Klaar, the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Cihan Sultanoglu, the UN Representative and with Viorel Moshanu, the OSCE Co-Chair for the IGD.

From the Abkhaz side, the meeting was attended by Zaal Khvartsky, the Deputy Chairman of the State Security Service of the Republic of Abkhazia, employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia, participants in the Geneva discussions Lasha Avidzba, Artur Gagulia and Madina Shamba.

The key topic of the meeting was the discussion of the possibility of holding of the next 56-th round of the Geneva discussions, postponed indefinitely at the initiative of the Co-Chairs.

During the conversation, the Abkhaz side expressed its readiness to continue working in the format of the International Geneva Discussions, which are the only international platform in which security issues in the South Caucasus are discussed.

Irakli Tuzhba stated that the key issue in the framework of the work of the IGD is the coordination and further signing of a document on international guarantees of the non-use of force.

During the meeting, the issue of the earliest possible unblocking of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) in the city of Gal, as one of the important formats of the Geneva discussions, was also discussed.

For their part, the Co-Chairs of the Geneva discussions confirmed their intention to continue consultations with the other participants of the IGD for the speedy resumption of work within the framework of this international mechanism.

The meeting participants also discussed other issues on the agenda of the Geneva discussions.

The date of the 56-th round of the International Geneva Discussions has not yet been determined and remains open.

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