Resolution on Georgian refugees to be divided in UN General Assembly

Resolution on Georgian refugees to be divided in UN General Assembly

Georgia, Tbilisi, June 13 / Trend N.Kirtskhalia /

A resolution 'On refugees and internally displaced persons from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region, Georgia' is expected to be divided at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, which begins on June 13.

The resolution stresses the obligation of unhindered humanitarian activities in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region, the importance of protecting the property rights of displaced persons and refugees. UN calls on participants of the Geneva talks to intensify efforts for the return of refugees to their homes.

Moreover, the resolution requires the UN Secretary General to report annually to the General Assembly on the situation with refugees. The next report of the UN Secretary-General on the matter is scheduled for September.

A similar UN resolution was first adopted in 2008.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maya Panjikidze expressed in an interview with reporters the hope that the positive trend will continue this year. However, she said, the absence of the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations at a time when it is needed to make a lot of work to support the resolution, which to a certain extent will be a negative factor.

"The resolution has a purely humanitarian sense. It emphasizes the importance of the safe return of internally displaced persons from to their homes. For the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in recent years it has been the subject of intensive work, and we hope that, considering the humanitarian goals of the resolution, the international community will again support the resolution at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on June 13, " Panjikidze said.

The Geneva talks were convened after the armed conflict in Georgia in August 2008, in accordance with the Ceasefire Agreement dated August 12.

Large scale military actions were launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.

Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories..

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