The so-called border between the Georgian occupied Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region and the rest of Georgia has reopened after about a two-month closure, the European Union Monitoring mission head to Georgia Erik Hoeg has confirmed.
We confirm that today crossings at South Ossetian #AdministrativeBoundaryLine have been resumed after two months and people can move across #ABL again. #EUMM continues monitoring the security situation and freedom of movement along South Ossetian and Abkhazian #ABL. ???? pic.twitter.com/UlDnEL7BAI— Erik Hoeg (@erik_hoeg) March 15, 2019
The de facto leadership of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) closed the so-called border on 11 January “to avoid the spread of the H1N1 respiratory virus,” depriving locals of access to vitally important everyday items they buy in other regions of the country.
Now the de facto government believes that the “risk of an epidemic has decreased.”
The closure created problems for students, who needed to leave the territory and those who generally visit doctors in other regions of Georgia.
The de facto leadership of Abkhazia, the other Georgian occupied region, which also closed the so-called border on January 11 for the same alleged reason, opened it on February 6.
Members of the central Georgian government have many times condemned the closure of so-called checkpoints, which create “huge humanitarian problems for the people living in the regions.