March 25, 2014
The United States participated in the 27th round of the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia. While substantive differences remained on several of the core issues, we were pleased with the constructive atmosphere and respectful dialogue that prevailed in both working groups.
Along with the work of the EU Monitoring Mission and the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms (IPRMs), the Geneva discussions contribute to regional stability, and demonstrate the importance of dialogue and communication in conflict resolution.
It remains our hope that further dialogue will bring us closer to Russia joining Georgia in making a legally binding commitment to the non-use of force, the resumption of the Gali IPRM, and to more concerted efforts to address freedom of movement across the Administrative Boundary Lines (ABLs). We expressed our deep concern for the renewed construction of fences and berms along the ABLs, and noted again that the EU Monitoring Mission and humanitarian organizations should be granted unrestricted access on both sides of the ABLs. We were disappointed that the Abkhaz participants left before the end of the day before discussions on humanitarian issues could be completed.
The United States reiterated our firm commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and worked with all participants to chart a constructive path forward to improve security on the ground and address the humanitarian needs of those living in areas affected by the conflict.