Extracts from the press briefing by Hansjörg Haber, Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 24/10/2008 First transmission: 24/10/2008
Since the pullback of the Russian forces from the adjacent areas on 8 October 2008, 35,000 displaced people have returned to their homes to rebuild their lives. Hansjörg Haber, Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia, has reported how the situation is at the moment.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival to the press room
||Hansjörg Haber, Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia), saying (in ENGLISH) that when the Russian forces withdrew from the adjacent areas on the 8th of October an important part of their mandate was fulfilled; 35.000 internally displaced persons could return to their homes and rebuild their lives; main tasks consist in stabilizing the situation or monitoring Georgian police forces as they reintroduce law and order in these areas and on the other hand to normalize and to introduce confident building measures which we want to do by initiating cooperation of law enforcement agencies on the ground on both sides of the administrative burdens.
||Hansjörg Haber saying (in ENGLISH) that they are actually pleasant surprised about the evolution of the security situation in the adjacent areas; he has heard of course the complaints of the South Ossetians but they should give them the names, they should give them the places, and they should give them the time and they are pleased to come over to their side of the administrative boundary and to inspect what is happening there, ask questions to witnesses and then report objectively and according to the high standards.
||Hansjörg Haber saying (in ENGLISH) that Russians are in the process of exchanging the peace troops for regular troops and they didn't have literally any telephone numbers on the their side; they had been asking for it.
||Hansjörg Haber saying (in ENGLISH) that the Georgian special forces were not what the Russians understood for special forces; they were much lighter armed, they were not travelling in armed vaguer, they had no heavy armament; it was a police unit which they believed they need to restore law and order in the adjacent territories and they thought the numbers they had deployed were adequate to address that job.
||Hansjörg Haber saying (in ENGLISH) that the peace-keeping forces of the Russians in South Ossetia were 500 and they announced under the friendship treaty that they would station 3,800 normal troops in the area; the process of transition is evidently going on, there are still troops displaying peace-keeper insignia, so we don't really know how many there are; as far as Gori is concerned, Gori is not really destroyed; there were a few buildings destroyed and they have been rebuilt since then.
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