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…