Council of Europe and EU Welcome Withdrawal of Russian Army from Perevi
October 19, 2010
CoE welcomes withdrawal of the Russian army from Perevi village. Russian radio station “Ekho Maskvi” reported about it.
The CoE evaluates depart of Russian frontiers from the Georgian village as “positive development of the conflict situation.”
The CoE called upon the conflict parties to start dialogue for further normalization of the situation in the region.
EU also welcomes the abolishment of the Russian checkpoint in Perevi. Catherine Ashton, the top Representative of the EU in Foreign Affairs and Security Policies and Vice-President of the Commission made the statement about it.
“We welcome the removal of the Russian checkpoint in Perevi, Georgia, as announced at the 13th round of Geneva International Discussions on 14 October, and see it as a positive development on the ground. I look forward to further progress towards the full implementation of the EU-brokered Six Point Agreement of 12 August 2008 and its Implementing Measures of 8 September 2008’, the statement says.
According to the statement, monitors from the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) have confirmed that the Russian checkpoint was dismantled on 18 October.
“The EU remains fully committed to a peaceful resolution of the conflict. I call on all parties to make real efforts towards further normalization on the ground and to continue engaging in dialogue as the only means to address the consequences of the conflict, including the humanitarian situation”, Catherine Ashton said.
Russian frontiers left Perevi village at about 6:00 pm on October 18. They emptied the building of the checkpoint, took their equipment, removed tollgates and moved to the village of Kardzmani which is controlled by Ossetian side.
There is a peaceful situation in Perevi village now. EU monitors entered the village together with Georgian police.
The head of the analytic department of the MIA Shota Utiashvili reported to the Interpresnews that Russian soldiers might have left mines in the village, so they will start search of the village since October 19.
At the moment, Georgian police completely controls the village of Perevi in Sachkhere district.
On October 14, after the 13th round of the Geneva Negotiations, the head of the Russian delegation Grigori Karasin stated that Russian frontiers will leave Perevi in near future. The control on the Russian checkpoint at the entrance of Perevi village started weakening on October 17.
Perevi village is the only Georgian village which was left by Russian soldiers since the occupation in 2008. Georgian villages of the Didi and Patara Liakhvi Gorges, Prone Gorge and entire Akhalgori district are still occupied.