EU welcomes removal of Russian troops from Perevi
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 19 / Trend E.Ostapenko /
The EU welcomes the removal of the Russian checkpoint in Perevi, Georgia, as announced at the 13th round of Geneva International Discussions on Oct.14, the organization reported.
"I look forward to further progress towards the full implementation of the EU-brokered Six Point Agreement of 12 August 2008 and its Implementing Measures of 8 September 2008," EU High Representative Catherine Ashton's statement on the removal of the Russian checkpoint from the Perevi village reads.
The Perevi village is located on border of the Java region of South Ossetia and the Sachkhere region of Georgia. The Georgian Foreign Ministry regarded the withdrawal of the Russian troops from the Perevi village as a step made in the right direction, but just a miniscule step in comparison with commitments envisaged by the ceasefire agreement.
Police and observers of the European Union have already arrived in the village.
Monitors from the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) have confirmed that the Russian checkpoint was dismantled on Oct.18.
"EUMM has been liaising with Russian and Georgian authorities to ensure that the withdrawal is carried out in an orderly and peaceful manner," Ashton said.
Russia reported about the withdrawal of the Russian troops from the Perevi region last week. The decision was taken at the next round of the Geneva talks on security and stability in Transcaucasia.
The Georgian sappers will today begin the search of mines left by the Russian troops in the Perevi village.
Ashton said the EU remains fully committed to a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
"I call on all parties to make real efforts towards further normalisation on the ground and to continue engaging in dialogue as the only means to address the consequences of the conflict, including the humanitarian situation," she added.
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