EU monitoring mission to monitor Georgian military bases

The EU Monitoring Mission will monitor the Georgian military bases, which will further increase the transparency of the Georgian Defense Ministry. A new memorandum signed between the ministry and the EU Monitoring Mission provides this, the Georgian Defense Ministry said.

The document has been signed by Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia and Head of the EU Monitoring Mission, Ambassador Hansjorg Haber.

The amendment sets out a number of technical measures designed to improve cooperation between the Mission and the Ministry.

The original version of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), concluded Jan.26, 2009, contains a number of unilateral obligations undertaken by Ministry to document the adherence of Georgia to the principle of non-use of force as enshrined in the Six-Points Agreement of 12 August, 2008.

The MoU defines certain limitations in movement of armed forces along the administrative boundary lines with Abkhazia and South Ossetia and contains the requirement of advance informing of the EU Mission on the Georgian Armed Forces` activities.

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