OSCE calls for greater freedom of movement
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 5 / Trend , G.Dadashova /
The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for Protracted Conflicts, Giedrius Cekuolis spoke about the progress in the three years of the Geneva talks at the Geneva International Discussions on Oct.4, the structure reported.
He said progress especially achieved through the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms, where security issues faced by the people affected by the August 2008 conflict in Georgia are discussed and resolved.
"This is no small achievement. Three years ago the security assessment was very different," Cekuolis said.
"We cannot live in a security vacuum, otherwise the security situation on the ground could spin out of the control again, and the consequences could be disastrous," he said.
Cekuolis called on the participants to ensure that all local communities are allowed to live without having their freedom of movement restricted.
The Geneva International Discussions take place in two parallel working groups. One group deals with security and stability, and the other with humanitarian questions, including internally displaced persons and refugees.
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.