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Annan urges all sides in Georgia to build on February’s meeting; honour commitments

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged both Georgia’s Government and Abkhaz separatists to implement understandings reached during a high-level meeting in February and to honour previous commitments, particularly regarding security and human rights, to resolve a conflict that flared into open warfare 14 years ago and forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee their homes.

Secretary-General renews call for political solution to Georgian-Abkhaz conflict

While the resumption of the United Nations-led Georgian-Abkhaz peace process is encouraging, only "genuine commitment" by both sides will lead to a lasting political settlement to the hostilities between Government and separatist forces in northwest Georgia, which uprooted nearly 300,000 refugees more than a decade ago, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report.