Decision on Russian soldier runaway to Georgia should meet international law, UN representative.

Politics Materials 3 July 2009 13:06 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, July 3 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Georgia Peter Nicholas appealed to the Minister for refugees and accommodation to issue temporary asylum for Russian military servant Dmitriy Artemev untill the solution of his status.

UN observes the process and recommends the Georgian government to take it into court, Nicholas told journalists.

"Georgia must solve this problem, but the decision should meet the international law, he said. We will protest if Georgia breaks the law and departs the soldier without a sentence."

According to Nicholas, the Ministry must study the case comprehensively and make a decision.

Another Russian military servant also appealed for asylum in Georgia. Dmitriy Artemev moved from Perevi to the territory controlled by Georgian and appealed the UN office for help. He grounded his step with unbearable conditions in the Russian army, as well as physical pressures by a commander.

UN office appealed to the Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation to issue Artemev the refugee status. The ministry accepted the application and issues the Russian soldier a status.

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