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South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia: EU appoints new Special Representative (13.11.2017)

On 13 November, the European Council appointed Toivo Klaar as EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia. Mr Klaar will promote regional cooperation and work towards a peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the Georgia crisis. … Toivo Klaar succeeds...

OSCE gives Georgia vote generally high marks, says ‘fundamental freedoms’ respected (23.10.2017)

[…] The OSCE said on October 22 that "candidates were able to campaign freely" and that "fundamental freedoms were generally respected" in the election, seen by many as a key test for the ruling Georgian Dream coalition ahead of next year's presidential vote in the Caucasus country.

EU Monitoring Mission completes its 60,000th patrol in Georgia (23.10.2017)

[…] Deployed since October 2008 to monitor the implementation of the EU-mediated Six Point Ceasefire Agreement, the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia is an unarmed civilian monitoring mission. … The Mission monitors and patrols 24 hours a day, … .

Armenian, Azerbaijani presidents hold 'constructive' talks on Karabakh (16.10.2017)

[…] A joint statement issued after the talks by the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers and the co-chairs of the Minsk Group (France, Russia, and the United States) said that "the meeting took place in a constructive atmosphere."

OSCE/ODIHR opens observation mission for local elections in Georgia (13.09.2017)

[…] The mission is led by Corien Jonker and consists of a core team of 14 experts based in Tbilisi and 22 long-term observers, … . In addition, ODIHR will request that OSCE participating States provide 350 short-term observers, who will arrive several days before election day.

Georgian leaders voice hope for reconciliation on 25th anniversary of Abkhazia war (14.08.2017)

[…] In his statement on August 14, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili called the start of the military conflict in 1992 "a huge mistake" and said it was "a tragic day." … President Giorgi Margvelashvili took a more accusatory tone toward Moscow, saying "Russian state policy nurtured by Soviet...

Putin visits Abkhazia on anniversary of Russia-Georgia war (08.08.2017)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia and reiterated Russia’s support for the separatists. The Georgian government condemned the August 8 visit, which coincided with the ninth anniversary of the five-day Russia-Georgia war, as a “cynical action.”

Abkhazia heads into new political crisis (10.07.2017)

As Georgia seeks to pressure the international community to respond robustly to attempts by its breakaway Republic of South Ossetia to encroach on its territory by shifting border markers, a new political crisis is building in its other breakaway region, Abkhazia, where the opposition has...

Mediators call for restraint following cease-fire violations in Nagorno-Karabakh (05.07.2017)

The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group mediating talks between Baku and Yerevan are “urgently” calling on all sides in the conflict over Azerbaijan’s breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region to cease military actions.

Three separatists reported killed under fire from Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh (17.06.2017)

Azerbaijani forces have killed three Armenia-backed separatist soldiers on the front lines of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, the separatists' self-described defense ministry said.