The atmosphere was constructive at the field meeting at Ergneti Tuesday, the European Union’s observers said. (Photo: EUMM.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) met in the village Ergneti on Tuesday.

Representatives of Georgia’s Interior Ministry presented footage of Russians installing barbed wire and fences in villages close to the demarcation line and drew attention to problems this borderization has caused for the local population.

The Georgian side also raised the issue of patrolling in villages in the Kere-Koshka section.

At this 41st IPRM meeting, parties as usual also discussed the issue of people detained in penitentiary facilities both on territory controlled by local Georgian authorities and in Tskhinvali prisons.

According to EUMM, other issues discussed were electricity and water supply and the pollution of agricultural land, and there was a constructive atmosphere.

Ambassador Angelo Gnaedinger, Special Representative of the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship, participated for the first time in the IPRM meeting, which was co-facilitated by Toivo Klaar, the Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM).

The next IPRM meeting will be held on 27 February 2014.