EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia


Basic information:

Official name:

European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia

Foundation:

Resolution of the EU Council of 15. September 2008

Mapa Gruzínsko

Location:

Georgia

Mission HQ:

Tbilisi (and 3 Field Offices: Mtskheta, Gori, Zugdidi)

Mission Commander:

Kestutis Jankauskas

Mandate of Slovak forces in the operation:

1 - NON
(resolution of the National Council of the SR No. 88
of 28. January 2009)

Website:

EUMM Georgia website
EUMM Georgia on the website of the EU Council

In August 2008, a long-term frozen conflict in Georgia escalated to open armed conflict in the South Ossetia and Abkhazia, involving the military forces of Georgia and the Russian Federation. The international community, including the Slovak Republic actively participates in the solution process from the very first moments of escalation of the conflict in Georgia.

On 15 September 2008, the EU Council decided to establish EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) to be launched in the territory of Georgia as of 1 October 2008. The EUMM is mandated to cover the entire internationally recognised territory of Georgia, except the authorities of the breakaway territories of the South Ossetia and Abkhazia which refuse its expansion across those territories.  The improvement of communication with Russian armed forces remains to be the biggest challenge of the EUMM. The mission was initially mandated for 12 months. Since its beginning, the EUMM´s mandate has been extended several times and now it is valid until 14 December 2018. In addition to the EUMM, the EU has its Special Representative (EUSR) for the crisis in Georgia who has held his position since 25 September 2008.

The key tasks of the EUMM Georgia are as follows:
 

  • Monitor and analyse the stabilisation process with an emphasis on the observance of the so-called six-point peace agreement of August 2008 made between Georgia and Russia,
  • Monitor and analyse the situation in terms of the order restoration and return of internally displaced persons (IDP) and refugees,
  • Contribute to reducing tensions by promoting mutual contacts of the parties and by promoting other confidence building measures.

The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic participate in the EUMM Georgia under the terms of resolution of the Government of the Slovak Republic No. 88 of 28 January 2009. On 1 February 2009, 1 officer of the AF SR was sent to the mission as an observer to monitor the military and police equipment to ensure the observance of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the EUMM, the Ministry of Defence of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior of Georgia. The mandate of the AFSR for the mission is valid until the termination of the mission.



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