15th anniversary of the Geneva International Discussions on Security and Stability in Transcaucasia

МИД Южной Осетии

The GID on Security and Stability in Transcaucasia started on October 15, 2008, after the armed attack of Georgia on South Ossetia and after forcing the aggressor to peace, in accordance with the Medvedev-Sarkozy agreements, dated August 12, 2008 and September 8, 2008. Delegations from South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Russia, Georgia, the USA, as well as representatives of the EU, the UN and the OSCE participate in the Discussions on equal rights. The Discussions are organized in format of two working groups – on security and humanitarian issues.

For the time being, the GID remains a unique and the most important international format for conducting direct dialogue between South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Georgia. The main objective of the format is ensuring security of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and excluding possibility of resumption of hostilities. In this regard, development and signing of bilateral legally binding agreements on non-use of force with Georgia remains the key mission of the Discussions.

In 2009, as a result of agreements made in framework of the GID, for the purpose of resolving emerging disputes and incidents, the Joint Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) was launched at the Georgian-South Ossetian border (near the Ergneti village). A 24-hour hotline was created. Regular work of the IPRM is an essential element of stability, security and trust across the region.

Currently, the negotiating process accounts for 58 rounds (the 59th round is scheduled for December 2023).

The South Ossetian party considers it useful to participate in the Discussions and stands for conducting further dialogue as well as searching new possibilities to increase the effectiveness and to advance the work in framework of the format.

October 13, Tskhinval 2023