TBILISI, DFWatch – A new border monitoring force between Georgia and Russia will be put together by Switzerland.
Sergi Kapanadze, Georgia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, saidthis in the Georgian parliament Friday at the initiative of himself and National Security Council Secretary Giga Bokeria.
Kapanadze has been involved in the Swiss meditated negotiations between Russia and Georgia regarding Russia’s WTO membership.
Three corridors will be set up to monitor the movement of goods between the two countries, which were at war with eachother in 2008: Roki-Gori; Psou-Zugdidi and Larsi.
At these crossing points, movement of goods will be controlled by a company, which will be chosen by Switzerland.
Kapanadze says Switzerland has shown Georgian authorities a list of suggested companies, to which Georgia will express its position and finally the monitoring company will be selected as well as given the formal mandate by a sole Swiss decision.
The agreement further entails that both Russia and Georgia are prohibited from intervening in this company’s activity by way of domestic legislation. As for the company’s service compensation, Kapanadze explains that it will be provided by a special trust fund, which will be set up and lead by Swiss authorities; but everyone can donate money into this fund, including Russia and Georgia.
Kapanadze denied that a specific Swiss company is already chosen which has 50 branch offices in Russia. According to him, the list presented by Switzerland includes both Swiss, German and French companies.