OSCE Expanded Border Monitoring Operation in Georgia

(Tbilisi. January 3. Civil Georgia) – Starting from January 3, observers from Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) begin monitoring of border between Georgia and the Ingush Republic of the Russian Federation, OSCE mission to Georgia reports.

A team of five international border monitors was deployed to the village of Sno, northeastern Georgia, on January 2, where a new OSCE border-monitoring base has been established.

Preparations are also underway for the establishment of a presence in the Assa Valley, covering the eastern section of the border with the Ingush Republic.

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.

Permanent Council of the OSCE agreed to an expansion of the border monitoring operation run by the OSCE Mission in Georgia on December 13, 2001.

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