28 Oct 2019 19:04

Georgian PM assures UN under-secretary-general that Tbilisi is determined to settle local conflicts peacefully

TBILISI. Oct 28 (Interfax) - Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia met with United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo in Tbilisi on Monday.

Gakharia and DiCarlo focused on the situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Georgian prime minister's press service said.

"The participants in the meeting underscored the importance of the UN's involvement as a co-chair of the Geneva international discussions in the process of a peaceful conflict settlement," it said.

Gakharia and DiCarlo addressed the tense situation in and around the Georgian village of Chorchana at the boundary with South Ossetia and the ongoing construction of border installations on the South Ossetian side and detentions of Georgian citizens on border violation charges.

They also discussed Tskhinval's decision to close the checkpoints on the routes to the Akhalgori district (known as the Leningori district in South Ossetia).

"The prime minister said he hoped the UN would use mechanisms at its disposal to prevent provocations and to de-escalate the situation even more actively," it said.

"The premier assured the UN under-secretary-general that Georgia remains committed to its course toward a peaceful settlement," it said.