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OSCE calls for more monitors in Georgia

VIENNA, April 30 (UPI) -- The tension between Georgia and its South Ossetia separatist region needs additional monitoring, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says.

Ambassador Charalampos Christopoulos, OSCE chairperson-in-office special representative, said Thursday that the administrative boundary line between Georgia and South Ossetia remains an ongoing concern, the OSCE reported.

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In August 2008 South Ossetia was the site of a violent confrontation between the Russian and Georgian militaries. The situation in the region remains tense and has led to some OSCE monitors' unlawful detention.

During a speech to the OSCE's Permanent Council, Christopoulos called for an increase in the number of OSCE unarmed military monitoring officers to address the tenuous security situation.

"The chairmanship is convinced that in order for the (working-level security) mechanisms to become operational and efficient, we need to deploy OSCE monitors on both sides of the administrative boundary line," Christopoulos said in a statement.

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