Georgia

UN refugee agency to resume aid operations in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced plans to restart its operations in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge, where security concerns over bombings forced a suspension of relief efforts two weeks ago.

Georgia: UN refugee agency suspends operations following security concerns

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said it has temporarily suspended its aid activities in Georgia’s Pankisi Valley region, which hosts some 3,800 Chechen refugees, following concerns about security and lawlessness.

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping operation in Georgia through January 2003

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) through January 2003, while calling for specific actions by both sides to improve current conditions and achieve a lasting political settlement.

Georgia: Annan recommends six-month extension for UN observer mission

Citing a "regrettable" lack of progress in jumpstarting negotiations between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) be extended six months, until 31 January 2003.

UN starts search for abandoned radioactive sources in Georgia

The United Nations atomic energy agency today launched a search for two abandoned radioactive sources in the Georgia.

Annan names senior Swiss diplomat as new head of UN mission in Georgia

The United Nations today announced the appointment of a senior diplomat from Switzerland as Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Georgia and the head of the UN mission in the country.

Georgia-Abkhaz conflict must not be allowed to simmer, Annan says, urging talks

The Georgian-Abkhaz conflict must not be allowed to simmer, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report to the Security Council, urging both sides to hold talks aimed at resolving their fundamental differences.

FAO appeals for $1.5 million for emergency seed distribution in Georgia

Warning of an emergency situation in drought-stricken western regions of Georgia, the United Nations agricultural agency today appealed for $1.5 million to distribute seeds and fertilizer to more than 77,000 households in the affected parts of the country.

Georgia: UN atomic energy agency helps recover radioactive cylinders

In an operation described as "difficult but successful," radiation specialists from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), working with a team of Georgian civil defence personnel, have helped recover two highly radioactive cylinders from a remote area of that country's northwest forests, the Agency said today.

IAEA experts help to secure dangerous radioactive sources in Georgia

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is working with authorities in Georgia to secure powerful radioactive sources discovered by three men who suffered injuries as a result of their exposure.