United States Deeply Concerned by Closure of Crossing Points in Georgia's Abkhazia Region

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Acting Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 6, 2017

The United States is deeply concerned by the decision of de facto Abkhaz authorities to close two controlled crossing points along the administrative boundary line of the occupied territory of Abkhazia in Georgia. These closures will further restrict freedom of movement and damage the livelihoods of local residents.

Actions such as these not only impose humanitarian hardships on the local population, they also erode the trust and confidence of the people and undermine the Geneva International Discussions, which are the recognized mechanism for discussing security-related issues and humanitarian needs of the conflict-affected population. The United States calls for these crossing points to be re-opened, allowing children to attend school and residents to move freely to engage in commerce, visit relatives, and obtain necessary medical services.

The United States fully supports Georgia’s territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders.