Georgia

UN calls on Georgia and Abkhaz separatists to avoid escalation after deadly attacks

The United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) today called on the Government and Abkhaz separatists to cooperate “to prevent any escalation” after attacks killed three Abkhaz militia members in a region where fighting forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee their homes14 years ago.

UN mission in Georgia resumes joint patrols of Kodori Valley after break of 3 years

After a break of three years, the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) has resumed patrols of the Kodori Valley in the north-west of the country, where fighting between the Government and Abkhaz separatists 14 years ago forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee their homes.

Georgia: UN official praises new strategy to help internally displaced persons

A senior United Nations envoy for the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) today praised Georgia’s new draft strategy for dealing with the problem, especially the right to return and to local integration, but stressed the need to see that the provisions are carried out.

Georgia: UN finds rocket attack could not have come from behind Abkhaz lines

A rocket attack in north-western Georgia, where fighting between the Government and Abkhaz separatists 14 years ago forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee their homes, could not have been launched from the Restricted Weapons Zone in Abkhazia, as had been previously reported, United Nations observers reported today.

Georgia: UN mission probes reported rocket attack near Government-Abkhaz lines

The United Nations mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) is investigating reports of a rocket attack in the vicinity of the village of Azhara in the Upper Kodori Valley in the north-west of the country, where fighting between the Government and Abkhaz separatists 14 years ago forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee their homes.

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Georgia

Voicing concern about fresh tensions in the long-running dispute between Georgian authorities and Abkhaz separatists, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) by another six months.

Secretary-General encourages Russian Federation and Georgia to ‘engage constructively’

Welcoming the peaceful resolution of tensions resulting from the recent arrests of Russian officers in Georgia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all sides to come together and “engage constructively to address existing problems.”

Annan names Jean Arnault as new head of UN mission in Georgia

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Jean Arnault of France as the new United Nations Special Representative in Georgia, a spokesman for the world body said today.

UN envoy says dialogue possible over Georgia-Abkhazia conflict; stresses police role

The outgoing United Nations envoy for Georgia said today that there now exists a “possibility for a political dialogue” between Georgian authorities and Abkhaz separatists over a dispute that flared into open warfare 14 years ago, while stressing the important role being played by UN police in the region and the need for them to be allowed onto both sides of the conflict zone.

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.