US Army General praises Georgian civilian peace work in visit to EU mission

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Friday, 09 September 2016 17:16
Lieutenant General Ben Hodges of the US Army in Europe praised the work of Georgian civilians yesterday on their work to ensure peace in local communities. The comments came as part of a US Army visit to the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), an unarmed civilian peace mission deployed by the European Commission.
The Lieutenant General was welcomed at the EUMM headquarters in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, and was briefed on the security situation and the EUMM’s contribution to stabilisation, confidence building, and normalisation along the Administrative Boundary Lines.
The EUMM was deployed in September 2008 following the EU-mediated Six Point Agreement which ended the August war. It ensures  there is no return to hostilities, facilitates the resumption of a safe and normal life for the local communities of the Administrative Boundary Lines with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, builds confidence among the conflict parties, and informs EU policy in Georgia and the wider region.
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