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EU called on Georgia and South Ossetia to abstain from raising tension

2009-08-04 12:35

The European Union called on Georgian and South Ossetian sides to abstain from raising tension and provide unrestricted access to both sides of the border for the EU monitors.

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"The European Union notes with concern the recent accusations of shellings and other incidents on both sides of the South Ossetian administrative boundary line," current EU president Sweden said in a statement," - Reuters.

"The EU urges all sides to refrain from any statement or action that may lead to increased tensions at this particularly sensitive time," said the statement, issued on behalf of the EU's 27 countries. Sweden is EU president until the end of 2009.

"The EU further calls on all sides to give the EUMM (European Union Monitoring Mission) unrestricted access to both sides of the South Ossetian administrative boundary line," the statement says.

Previously the Minister of Defense of Russia stated the Georgian side had fired localities in South Ossetia several times. The Georgian side refuted these accusations and stated that on July 29th Nikozy [Georgian village] was fired form the South Ossetian side.

 

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