EU will not change mission format in Georgia: official

“Presently, we do not intend to change the format of the EU mission,” EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby told media.

Georgia has called for expanding the mandate of the observer mission in the occupied territories and adding police functions. Tskhinvali, Sukhumi and Moscow are against the mission entering the occupied territories.

“The major thing is for the mission to enter conflict zones and launch monitoring of the situation as it is determined by its mandate,” Semneby said.

He said despite the observers’ failure to enter Abkhazia and South Ossetia, they play a vital role.

Semneby expressed deep concern over the detention of four Georgian teen by South Ossetian separatists. He stressed that the EU has been working to ensure their release, and will continue their attempts.

Semneby said relations between the EU and Georgia, the domestic situation, and the situation in the separatist regions will be discussed at meetings with Georgian governmental and opposition representatives.

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