Georgia concerned about Russian aircraft flight over conflict zone
Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept. 20 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Tbilisi intends to discuss the movement of people across the administrative border with Abkhazia, as well as human rights in the occupied territories and persecution of people for ethnic signs at the regular meeting to be held in the Gali region. It will be held within the Geneva Process to prevent tensions in the South Caucasus.
The Georgian side also intends to discuss the criminal situation in the conflict zone and recent incidents.
The Head of the Georgian delegation and Chief of the Analysis and Information Department under the Interior Ministry, Shota Utiashvili, said the meeting will also discuss frequent flights of the Russian aircrafts over Georgian positions in the conflict zones.
The holding of regular meetings in the Gali region was agreed in the sixth round of the Geneva talks on July 1, 2009
The Geneva talks began in October 2008 after the armed conflict in Georgia in August 2008 in accordance with the ceasefire agreement dated Aug. 12 and mediated by the EU, UN and OSCE. Representatives of EUMM, OSCE, UN, Georgia and Russia (including the South Ossetian and Abkhazian delegations) attend the meetings.
Military actions were launched in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia in August 2008. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia and later Russian troops occupied the city and drove the Georgian military back to Georgia.
Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Aug. 26 and established diplomatic relations on Sept. 9, 2008. Georgia's autonomous regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia unilaterally declared independence from Georgia after the August 2008 war.