Sokhumi brings EUMM Head under fire
Accusing Andrzej Tyszkiewicz, from the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), of being “disrespectful” regarding Sokhumi, the foreign ministry of Abkhazia in Georgia’s breakaway region portrayed him as “an undesirable person on the territory of Abkhazia.”
Sokhumi’s foreign ministry statement issued on April 25 stated that “Tyszkiewicz is ignoring our requests and appeals and is putting forth unacceptable demands to allow EUMM on the territory of Abkhazia.”
“EUMM, under the leadership of Tyszkiewicz, is clearly not disposed to carry out unbiased monitoring and to give an objective assessment to processes posing threat to security,” the statement reads. “In particular, Mr. Tyszkiewicz left without due attention process of establishing illegal armed groups on Georgian territory adjacent to Abkhazia and South Ossetia about which a number of Georgian politicians have reported.”
They meant the announcement made in March by Irakli Alasania, leader of Our Georgia-Free Democrats party, which is part of the Bidzina Ivanishvili-led opposition coalition, that the Georgian government was forming paramilitary groups for internal political purposes.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on April 26 saying that “Sokhumi’s recent demarche against the EUMM is just one component in the chain of actions aimed at diminishing the role of international organizations acting in Georgia.”