UN may have to re-think ground role following Russia-Georgia conflict – Ban

The United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) may have to reassess their roles on the ground following this summer’s fighting between Russia and Georgia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

‘Important qualitative leap’ made in Georgia talks, UN reports

International talks on the Russian-Georgian conflict in South Ossetia made an “important qualitative leap” today, moving from a sterile procedural debate to a substantive one, a senior United Nations envoy said.

Over 20,000 displaced Georgians return to villages in buffer zone – UN

More than 20,000 people displaced by the fighting that broke out in Georgia in late August have returned to their villages in the buffer zone around the breakaway region of South Ossetia over the past week, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Parties need ‘breathing space,’ UN envoy says after Georgia talks wrap up

Today’s high-level talks on Georgia have wrapped up with the parties deciding to continue their discussions next month and to create “breathing space” to address some outstanding procedural points, a senior United Nations envoy said.

Ban arrives in Geneva ahead of talks on Georgia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Geneva today for talks on the role of the United Nations mission in Georgia after the August conflict with Russia in the Caucasus country.

Security Council renews UN observer mission in Georgia for four months

The Security Council today extended for another four months the 14-year-old United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) entrusted with overseeing the ceasefire accord between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in the country’s north-western region.

UN World Court to rule next week on Georgian claim against Russia

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will deliver a ruling next week on Georgia’s claim against Russia that it has breached a global pact against racial discrimination.

UN mission in Georgia thrown into uncertainty by recent conflict – Ban

Dramatic changes due to the Russian-Georgian conflict in South Ossetia have cast a veil of uncertainty over the future function of the 14-year-old United Nations mission entrusted with overseeing the ceasefire accord between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in north-western Georgia, according to the latest UN report on the region.

Better security needed to protect displaced in Georgia – UN rights expert

Effective security is the key to ensuring the return home of tens of thousands of people displaced by the recent conflict in Georgia, a United Nations human rights expert said today, warning about the ongoing climate of fear faced by civilians in the region.

Georgia: UN rights expert to assess plight of those displaced by recent conflict

An independent United Nations human rights expert today began a four-day visit to assess the current situation of those displaced by last month’s conflict in Georgia, which uprooted some 192,000 people from their homes.