Georgia to host meeting on prevention of tension in Caucasus

The Ergneti village on the Georgian-Ossetian administrative border will today host a regular meeting under the mechanism to prevent and respond to border incidents today. The representatives of South Ossetia, Georgia, Russia, the OSCE and the EU will attend.

Military actions were launched in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia in August 2008. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, with Russian troops later occupying the city. The Russian armed forces drove the Georgian military back into Georgia proper. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Aug. 26 and established diplomatic ties with the de facto states on Sept. 9, 2008.

Representative of the Georgian delegation told Trend that the agenda includes 12 issues, which were agreed upon by all of the parties.

Geneva talks co-chair Bolat Nurgaliyev and head of the EU Observer Mission in Georgia Hans Jorg Haber will attend.

The dialogue to restore stability in the Georgian breakaway regions is conducted under the Geneva talks, which have been held since October 2008 on the basis of agreements reached after the events in South Ossetia in August 2008.

The Geneva talks are attended by delegations from Georgia, Russia, the United States, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia, as well as representatives from the EU, U.N. and OSCE. The only result of these meetings so far has been a document containing proposals for mechanisms to prevent and resolve incidents in the zone of the Georgian conflict.

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