EU expresses concern about installation of barriers in Georgian-Russian conflict zone
Georgia, Tbilisi, October 1 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
The delegation of the EU Political and Security Committee has completed its visit to Georgia.
The delegation was in the country from September 29 to October 1, the EU representation in Georgia said on Tuesday. The members of the EU Political and Security Committee held meetings with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze, State Minister for Reintegration Paata Zakareishvili, special representative of the Prime Minister on relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze, as well as with representatives of the parliamentary majority and minorities and civil society.
They also visited the administrative separation zone and met with representatives of the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM).
In particular, the Committee members expressed concern with the construction of the various barriers along the dividing line, which has a negative impact on the lives of local people.
Representatives of the EU Political and Security Committee reiterated its support for the territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.
EU Political and Security Committee (PSC) brings together 28 ambassadors of EU member states, representatives of the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the EU Council and the European External Action Service.
Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.