OSCE Expands Border Monitoring Operation in Georgia

(Tbilisi. December 14. Civil Georgia) – Permanent Council the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) agreed yesterday to an expansion of the border monitoring operation run by the Organization’s Mission to Georgia, Press and Public Information Section of the organization reports today.

According to the Council’s new decision, the Mission’s mandate will be amended to include observing and reporting on movement across the border between Georgia and the Ingush Republic, to the west of Chechnya.

“This decision will contribute considerably to efforts to maintain stability across this part of the Caucasus,” Ambassador Liviu Bota, Chairman of the Permanent Council stated.

The operation was originally established by the OSCE in December 1999, to survey Georgia’s mountainous 81-kilometre frontier with the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.

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