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Russia and Georgia to hold talks in Geneva Nov 5

by | Nov 4, 2013
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New barbed wire in Dvani. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–A new round of Geneva talks will be held November 5-6. It is the 25th time the warring parties of the 2008 Russia-Georgian war meet, and one of the main topics of discussion will be freedom of movement and the installation of barbed wire and fences.

Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, Deputy Minister of Reintegration, says that Georgia will raise the issue of the humanitarian situation of the local population as result of Russian soldiers installing barbed wire.

“Another major issue of our group is the issue of returning IDPs, and this will remain on our agenda,” the Reintegration Ministry’s press office quotes her saying.

Discussions will also deal with the problem of protecting human rights in the beakaway regions.

“We are leaving for Geneva with a business attitude and we will restate our proposal to solve humanitarian issues, including supplying Akhalgori with natural gas which will make the lives of local people a bit easier.”

The Geneva talks is one of the venues for contact between Georgia and Russia after the war in August 2008. It includes all the parties of the conflict, as well as representatives of the international community.

Russian soldiers in February 2013 started moving the border in villages next to South Ossetia. In recent months, they started installing barbed wire and fences, which led to houses, agricultural lands, irrigation and drinking water, and a cemetery ending up on the other side.



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