On the 56th Round of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in the Transcaucasia

On the 56th Round of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in the Transcaucasia
6 October 2022 293

On October 5, 2022, the 56th round of the International Geneva Discussions on Security and Stability in Transcaucasia was held, which 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, the EU and the OSCE. 

The delegation of the Republic of Abkhazia, headed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Iraklii Tuzhba, included the Deputy Chairman of the State Security Service of the Republic of Abkhazia Zaal Khvartskiia and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia Lasha Avidzba, Artur Gaguliia and Madina Shamba. The work of a regular round of the Geneva discussions, resumed after a long break, was traditionally conducted in the format of two working groups - on security and on humanitarian issues.   

The Abkhazian delegation continued to insist on the need to agree on and further sign a document on international guarantees for the non-use of force, as a key task of the International Geneva discussions. The Georgian side once again refused to engage in dialogue on this important issue of the agenda. 

In the context of discussing the problem of security, the delegation of the Republic of Abkhazia again expressed its serious concern about the ongoing process of building up the military-technical potential of Georgia with the direct support of the United States and other NATO countries. 

The Abkhazian delegation also drew attention to the fact that the joint military exercises held on the territory of Georgia under the auspices of NATO are becoming increasingly large-scale and pose a real threat to peace and stability in the region. 

During the talks, the Abkhazian delegation confirmed its interest in resuming the work of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) in Gal. At the previous round in December 2021, representatives of the Republic of Abkhazia made new proposals to resume the work of this format, but these initiatives remained without a response from the Georgian participants. Therefore, the issue of work of the IPRM format remains open.  

In the second working group, the delegation of the Republic of Abkhazia focused on humanitarian issues related to the problem of freedom of movement for our citizens.   

The date of the next 57th round is yet to be determined.

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