On 20 October, the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) conducted its 60,000th patrol in the Mtskheta area of Georgia.
An EUAM press release said reaching such a high figure was “a sign of the EU’s commitment to assisting and facilitating a safe and secure environment in Georgia, in particular along the administrative boundary lines between the territory controlled by the Georgian authorities and the two breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia”, adding that the patrols ensured there would be no return to hostilities.
Deployed since October 2008 to monitor the implementation of the EU-mediated Six Point Ceasefire Agreement, the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia is an unarmed civilian monitoring mission. Over 200 people from various EU member states act as monitors to help stabilise the situation on the ground following the August 2008 conflict.
The EUMM is the only international monitoring presence on the ground. The Mission monitors and patrols 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and regularly reports back to EU member states and institutions in Brussels, Belgium.