Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the lifting of the state of emergency imposed nine days ago in Georgia and stressed the need for a credible election process ahead of presidential polls scheduled to take place 5 January next year.
Reacting with concern to the imposition of a state of emergency in Georgia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today said the independence of the country's Public Defender must be respected.
The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) for six months, voicing serious concern over deadly incidents violating the Georgian-Abkhaz ceasefire.
A deadly clash last month between the Government and Abkhaz sides in Georgia underscores the need for both sides to abide by their agreements and to bring additional areas under international monitoring, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.
The media have a crucial role to play in putting emerging destinations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia on the global tourist map, thus helping to boost the local economies, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Expressing concern at reports of yesterday’s deadly incident in Georgia between units of the Ministry of the Interior and Abkhaz de facto personnel, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for restraint on all sides.
Senior representatives of the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General have held talks with the Georgian and Abkhaz sides amid concerns over tensions in their zone of conflict and the lack of recent dialogue between the two sides, the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) said in a press statement issued in Tbilisi today.
Stressing the need for dialogue between the Government and Abkhaz sides in Georgia, where fighting 14 years ago drove nearly 300,000 people from their homes, the Security Council today extended the United Nations mission in the country for another 6 months until 15 October.