The Romanian unit of the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) will leave today for Tbilisi. EUMM will be launched on September 26, 2008, in accordance with the decisions of the EU member states that materialised in a Join Action approved by the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) on September 15, reads a press release issued by the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) on Tuesday.
Romania is contributing an integrated team of 20 officials of MAE, the Defence Ministry (MAp) and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Administrative Reform (MIRA). The unit, equipped with adequate equipments and means of transportation, will be deployed with the Regional Command in Tbilisi, headed by Sweden, for an initial duration of four months and the possibility of further prolongations.
EUMM Georgia will work in coordination with the missions of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations in the separatist provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and its aim is to monitor the stabilisation process in Georgia and the unfolding of the events there. At the same time, EUMM Georgia is designed to contribute to easing tensions between parties and boost trust.
Under a September 8 agreement between Moscow and Tbilisi, concluded with the European Union's mediation, the mission should be deployed by the end of September 2008. At the EU level, steps are being taken for agreeing on and finalising all the logistics and administrative details that will secure the successful completion of the mission.
Romania's participation in this mission, MAE says, is a significant practical confirmation of Romania's commitment to support peaceful resolution of the conflict in Georgia and of all conflicts in the Black Sea region. In broader terms, it is the affirmation of Romania's constant support to the strengthening of the European defence and security policy, under which sign the mission is carried out.
At the same time, this participation proves the capability for mobilisation and prompt reaction of the Romanian institutions, which made Romania be among the first EU member states accepted and integrated with the EUMM Georgia, reads the release.