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Georgian State Security Service 2021 report unveils several ‘borderisation’ incidents

Georgia: The annual report of the Georgian State Security Service (SSS) reveals that the armed forces carrying out the occupation of the Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region of central Georgia were noticed in almost 130 illegal ‘borderisation’ cases on the country’s boundary throughout 2021. Apart from this, nine other incidents were observed along the border separating occupied northwestern Abkhazia from the Georgian region.

According to the report, Russia reflects a major threat to the security of the country due to its several attempts of occupying Georgian territories.

The report, which was released on Monday, April 18, listed the incidents of ‘borderisation’ in which the armed forces which were periodically occupying moved barbed wire and other obstacles on the country’s boundary lines separating the occupied areas from the Georgian-controlled territory.

“Illegal activities of occupation forces of Russia were manifested in the installation of new barbed wire lines, as well as in update of old barbed wire sections and fences, in the arrangement of firefighting ditches and points, as well as installation of so-called border banners and checkpoints in an illegal way,” the report stated.

Moreover, the SSS went on to say in its report that there is an uneasy situation in the village of Chorchana, which is nearby to the central part of Georgia. Since August 2019, the tense situation has remained in this part due to the destructive actions of the Russian occupation forces.

In addition, the state agency said that despite the “repeated” efforts of the Government of Georgia to resolve the ongoing tense situation in the village during the Geneva International Talks and the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism format, the situation could not be sorted due to an “unconstructive attitude” of the Russian occupying forces.

The State Security Service also described in its report that the de facto authorities of the occupied area of Tskhinvali had kept the crossing points on the administrative border, which has been closed since 2019. This has also resulted in a “complete isolation” of the region.

 

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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