U.S. allocates $73 million to Georgia to address refugees’ problems
Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept.15 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgia will receive from the U.S. government grant worth $ 73.9 million to improve refugees' living conditions. Members of the Georgian Parliament approved the treaty "On the improvement of infrastructure and economic opportunities and support to IDPs" submitted to the Parliament for ratification.
The Georgian authorities immediately after the war in the country in August 2008 built 5,000 houses for the compact residence of refugees from the Tskhinvali region.
The funds allocated by the U.S. will be spent on equipping the buildings, which are compactly populated by refugees from Abkhazia. Some 300,000 people were forced to leave Abkhazia after the conflict in 1992-1993.
The Georgian Government is going to solve the problem of housing for all refugees in 2012.
Military actions were launched in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia in August 2008. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia and later Russian troops occupied the city and drove the Georgian military back to Georgia. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Aug. 26 and established diplomatic relations with them on Sept. 9, 2008.