04.08.2009 10:56 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The European Union urged Georgia and South Ossetia
Monday not to raise tensions around the rebel territory, calling
for "unrestricted access" for EU monitors to both sides of its
administrative boundary, Reuters reported.

Tension has escalated in the region after South Ossetia accused
Georgian forces of firing mortars at it over the weekend. Russia warned
Tbilisi it reserved the right to use force to defend civilians a year
after their five-day war.

The Georgian Interior Ministry said late Monday that three
rocket-propelled grenades were fired from South Ossetia at a Georgian
village near the boundary. No one was hurt. The anniversary of the
war falls this week, on August 7.

"The European Union notes with concern the recent accusations of
shellings and other incidents on both sides of the South Ossetian
administrative boundary line," current EU president Sweden said in
a statement.

"The EU urges all sides to refrain from any statement or action that
may lead to increased tensions at this particularly sensitive time,"
said the statement, issued on behalf of the EU's 27 countries. Sweden
is EU president until the end of 2009.

"The EU further calls on all sides to give the EUMM (European Union
Monitoring Mission) unrestricted access to both sides of the South
Ossetian administrative boundary line."

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress