EU hopes observers to enter conflict zones in Georgia: special representative
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 31 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
"We hope that EU monitors will be able to enter conflict zones in Georgia," EU special representative for the South Caucasus, Peter Semneby, told media in Tbilisi on July 31.
"We think that their presence on both sides of border must be in the interests of all sides, including Sukhumi and Tskhinvali, he said.
Semneby shared his impressions about Sukhumi meetings where he spent two days. He met with de-facto Abkhazian president Sergei Bagapsh and other officials - Sergei Shamba, Stanislav Lakoba and others, as well as public representatives.
"Major goal of this visit is to find out situation in Abkhazia after UN mission left it and whether there are terms for EU mission to work. Certain issues occurred in this context. They must be discussed carefully," he said.
Semneby said that positive tendencies connected with work of group preventing incidents were noticed during the visit to Abkhazia.
Military actions launched in the territory of unrecognized Republic of South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Georgian troops entered capital of South Ossetia - Tskhinvali. Later Russian troops occupied city and drove Georgian military men back to Georgia. Russia recognized independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia official parts of Georgia on August 26. But Russia established diplomatic relations with them on September 9.