Representatives from Tbilisi and Tskhinvali discuss irrigation in Ergneti –

Tbilisi security officials today met with Kremlin-backed authorities in the Tskhinvali / South Ossetia region to discuss water supply to villages adjacent to the demarcation line during the season. irrigation, during a technical meeting in Ergneti IPRM format.

The irrigation water supply was low due to the heat, and to address the issue, the parties described several measures that will be implemented in the following days, noted Irakli Antadze of the State Security of Georgia (SSG).

The SSG official said that an agreement between Tbilisi and Tskhinvali authorities on allowing irrigation flows to villages near the occupation line was reached two years ago and is still in effect. . Antadze is said to have referred to the Tiriponi irrigation canal, the upstream course of which is controlled by Tskhinvali, and supplies settlements on both sides of the demarcation line.

After the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, Kremlin-backed authorities shut down the canal’s water source, leaving dozens of villages on both sides of the occupation line without irrigation for years.

According to information received by in November 2020, from an official source who wished to remain anonymous, Tbilisi also undertook repair work on the canal.

The 101st meeting of the Ergneti IPRM is scheduled for July 13, where Tbilisi officials will reiterate the call for the release of Zaza Gakheladze and Genadi Bestaev, Georgian citizens arbitrarily detained by the occupation forces. The issue was also discussed at today’s tech meeting, as Antadze from SSG said.

The IPRM format was established under Geneva International Discussions to respond regularly to security issues and developments on the ground, and involves officials in Tbilisi on the one hand and representatives of the authorities in Tskhinvali and Sokhoumi on the other hand in two separate meetings, as well as representatives of the troops Russian borders.

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