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The amassing by Georgia of its forces in the area of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict is creating tension in the region and undermines a peaceful settlement
The amassing by Georgia of its forces in the area of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict is creating tension in the region and undermines a peaceful settlement, the commander of the CIS Collective Peacekeeping Forces (CPKF), Major-General Sergei Chaban, told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday. “The complexity of the situation is that much forces of the conflicting parties, primarily of the Georgian side, have been concentrated here, the strength of which is much above the norms set the Hague meeting – not more than 600 men of Georgia and Abkhazia,” Chaban said. According to operative information of the CPKF staff, over 1,000 members of Georgian security wielding services are staying in the conflict area, Chaban said, “It is especially worrisome that a significant number of the Georgian security forces are concentrated in the upper Kodori Gorge; their number there has increased by 300 over the past month alone,” Chaban said. He added that serious peacekeeping problem in the region was the fact that the Georgian Interior Ministry “is not fulfilling the demand of the UN Security Council Resolution on unimpeded movement of the peacekeepers and military observers in the conflict area”. Chaban described the situation in the region as “controllable”. “A main task in accordance with the mandate is disengagement of the conflicting parties, and the peacekeepers are fulfilling it effectively enough. In particular, we have clearly determined a disengagement line by mounting additional posts along the Inguri river and on the ground stretch of the disengaged sides,” Chaban said.
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