Meeting held on search for missing persons during conflict in Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov.7 / Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /
A meeting on search of people who went missing during the Georgian-Ossetian conflict in 2008 and during the subsequent period was held under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, ICRC Tbilisi Office told Trend on Monday.
The meeting participants discussed the subsequent steps to be taken to provide the missing persons' families with relevant information.
"This is a complex process that requires time, effort and patience," the ICRC delegate Jean-Philippe Kiel, who took part in the creation of coordination mechanisms, said at the meeting.
Military actions were launched in the Georgian territory, South Ossetia on Aug.8 in 2008. Later the Russian troops occupied the Tskhinvali city and drove the Georgian military back. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced two unrecognized republics as the occupied territories.
Kiel said all parties involved understand its importance and considers family's right to know about fate of their relatives as an initial point.
"The successes achieved over the past two years are evidence of it," he said.