Out of all the places I could be be, I figured I’ll briefly explain why I now live in Gori, Georgia.

Three years ago a war broke out between Georgia and Russia, a dispute based on the aspirations of South Ossetia, a region within Georgia, to become independent. [See georgia above for more background]. As a part of a EU-brokered ceasefire agreement, the EU promised to set up a monitoring mission here, the EUMM.

The EUMM is a civilian mission – no arms – and we’re neutral to the parties involved.  We’re here to observe what happens on the ground, analyse the situation and report back to Brussels. We monitor military and other activity along the administrative boundary line, the ABL, which is diplomatic lingo for the line that distinguishes the breakaway region of South Ossetia from the rest of Georgia. We also monitor the general humanitarian and human rights situation for the local population. It is probable that our presence here makes renewed violence less likely, it feels good to contribute to that. We often talk to locals who live close to the ABL, they are very kind to us and it seems that they appreciate our presence as it gives a stronger feeling of safety and security. Another important part of the mission is to facilitate talks between the parties so that hopefully, little by little, the parties can find a lasting solution to the conflict.

All information we gather is classified, so due to this nature I can’t be specific on this blogg. Henceforth, I won’t comment too much about my job on this blogg – the more I write, the more I run the risk of saying something I shouldn’t have said…


About wangaa

A couple of years ago some people I know unanimously said that “Aron, he’s a seeker.” At the time that was undoubtedly true, but since then I think that aspect of me has subsided somewhat. I’ve taken some time off and explored the world within and without, and through the support of beautiful teachers, friends, family, books and practice I found more clarity in life. So grateful for this journey! Perhaps this blogg will serve as inspiration or reflection for a reader, perhaps someone simply is interested in what I'm up to. But it is also very much for myself. For I am searching in waters which are not known to me, and should I sail astray, hopefully this blogg can track me back to safer waters.
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4 Responses to monitoring

  1. Jonas Bolin says:

    Dude, du skriver riktigt bra. Är glad att du startade den här bloggen!

  2. Greg Nemet says:

    Quick question, after which I will not ask any more monitoring questions. Feel free not to answer if this oversteps some boundaries. If you are monitoring south of the border, then is there a similar mission FROM Europe doing so on the other side of the border? Just wondering?

    • wangaa says:

      It’s a good question. In the initial agreement with Russia, Georgia and EU, which is also dictated in our mandate, we should be monitoring also South Ossetia. But since South Ossetia proclaimed independence this has become more technically difficult. As a mission we still want to monitor in South Ossetia but in reality we are not allowed in. Since South Ossetia is not internationally regarded as a country, we call the so-called border Administrative Boundary Line.

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