PACE rapporteurs welcome release of teenagers in Tskhinvali

Strasbourg, 21.12.2009 – Rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have welcomed the release of three more Georgian teenagers by the de facto authorities in Tskhinvali.

“This is good news,” said Mátyás Eörsi (Hungary, ALDE), co-rapporteur on the war between Georgia and Russia, and Corien Jonker (Netherlands, EPP/CD), rapporteur on the humanitarian consequences of the war. “We hope this will help to lower tension in the region, which is sorely needed, and may herald further releases of prisoners on both sides.”

“To reduce the likelihood of such incidents in the future, international monitors should have full access to both sides of the administrative boundary line – as the Assembly has urgently and repeatedly called for.”

The two rapporteurs also warmly thanked the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, who helped to secure the teenagers’ release.