Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the closing of the so-called entry points along the Tskhinvali region’s occupation line during the Easter holiday

The Georgian Foreign Ministry expresses its extreme concern over the closing of the so-called entry points along the occupation line in the Tskhinvali region during the Easter holiday on 11 and 12 April.

A decision made by Russia’s occupation regime in Tskhinvali, namely, by the so-called “South Ossetia's Committee for State Security” to restrict movement along the occupation line represents an outrageous step that grossly violates the fundamental right to the freedom of movement.

Of special concern is the time of restriction – during the Easter period, on 11 and 12 April, the local population will not be allowed to visit graves of their family members and relatives.

It should be noted that the issue of free movement across the Tskhinvali region’s occupation line was negotiated at the meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) in Ergneti on 25 March. These negotiations ended unsuccessfully.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry expresses its concern over the introduction of these restrictions by the occupation regime and calls upon the Russian Federation to ensure the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.