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EU Monitoring Mission’s new bulletin describes its approach to effective communication and conflict prevention in Georgia

August 28, 2018

A practical and effective approach towards conflict prevention has been presented in the new issue of the ‘Monitor’ bulletin issued by the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia.

It describes a so-called hotline that enables better communication across the Administrative Boundary Lines (ABLs), in order to avoid a build-up of tensions that could lead to conflict.

The EUMM-managed hotline ensures timely communication on many different issues. These may for example include detentions, access to emergency medical care, access to agricultural land and the effect on local residents of the installation of fences, barbed wire and information signs along the ABLs with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The hotline is monitored by two holders who communicate with their counterparts via mobile phone, Skype, in technical meetings or in face-to-face discussions at the monthly meetings of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism in Gali and Ergneti. The hotline is used on a daily basis.

The aim of the EUMM Monitor is to provide the general public – in Georgia, the EU Member States and internationally – with wide-ranging and specific information about the work of the EUMM in Georgia. The latest issue of the Monitor can be accessed here.

The EUMM was deployed in September 2008 following the EU-brokered Six-Point Agreement that ended the August war between Russia and Georgia. It contributes to stabilisation, normalisation and confidence building between the conflict parties. The mission provides civilian monitoring of parties' actions, including full compliance with the Six-Point Agreement and subsequent implementing measures throughout Georgia. It also informs European policy in support of a durable political solution for Georgia.

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