The European Union is deploying a civilian monitoring mission, known as EUMM, of at least 200 observers around the Georgia conflict areas near the breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by 1 October 2008. EUMM is based on a decision taken on 15 September by the EU Member States and is led by the EU under the European security and defence policy. The Head of the Mission is Hansjörg Haber, assisted by Gilles Janvier as Deputy Head of the Mission. The mission's headquarters are being set up in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, with field offices foreseen in the towns of Gori, Poti and Basaleti. The mission draws on staff and resources from 22 EU Member States.
The mission will focus primarily on buffer zones adjacent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Russia set up these 'security zones' after its six-day war with Georgia in August. Under the French-brokered ceasefire agreement, Russian forces are due to withdraw from these zones by 10 October. The mission's formal objective is to contribute to stability throughout Georgia and the surrounding region. In the short term, the objective is to contribute to the stabilization of the situation, in accordance with the six-point Agreement and the subsequent implementing measures.
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||Exterior view of EUMM Headquarters in Tbilisi (2 shots)
||Interior view of the Headquarters: staff assembling desks (4 shots)
||View of the planning room
||Officers discussing, around a map (4 shots)
||Officer walking into the Headquarters, with "EU" written in Georgian on his jacket
||Staff meeting at EUMM Headquarters, with maps (5 shots)
||Exterior view of the Prime Minister's office in Tbilisi (2 shots)
||Hansjörg Haber, Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia, and Gilles Janvier, Deputy Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia, meeting with Lado Gurgenidze, Georgian Prime Minister (5 shots)
||Views of Tbilisi (5 shots)
||Exterior view of the Georgian Parliament building
||Hansjörg Haber and Gilles Janvier meeting with David Bakradze, Chairman of the Georgian Parliament (5 shots)
||General view of the press briefing by David Bakradze and Hansjörg Haber (5 shots)
||Hansjörg Haber (in ENGLISH) saying that their mandate is to contribute to stabilization, normalization, confidence-building and of course informing the European Union and the Council of the EU on the evolving situation; he is confident that they can achieve that
||Gilles Janvier (in FRENCH) saying that it is a mission that starts remarkably well, on very short notice, a commitment of 22 countries, which is a strong signal, which is seen as an encouragement; and it is a challenge for these 22 countries to work together in a territory that they do not know yet
||Hansjörg Haber (in GERMAN) saying that there are many challenges, but the first one is logistical; they need to get the 200 observers into the country, they need the vehicles
||Gilles Janvier (in ENGLISH) saying that the criterial success would be at least to deploy in time, in the different areas of responsibility, to have full access to the zone and to manage to do not only monitoring but other human assessment, law enforcement as assessment on the situation on the ground
||Cargo aircraft arriving at Tbilisi airport
||EU officials waiting
||Two Italian armoured vehicles being unloaded from Ukrainian jet (these armoured vehicles will be repainted in white with the EUMM logo before they move in the field the following week) (9 shots)
||Italian C-130 landing at Tbilisi airport (5 shots)
||Italian monitors leaving the C-130; welcomed by Hansjörg Haber. (they will be unarmed and dressed in EUMM colours when the mission will officially start) (7 shots)