Talks on Russian-Georgian conflict resume in Geneva under UN co-sponsorship

The United Nations and its international partners chairing talks on last year’s Russian-Georgian conflict in South Ossetia today voiced concern over a number of recent detentions but noted that the overall security situation on the ground remained “relatively stable.”

Independent UN expert urges greater efforts to help South Ossetia’s displaced

An independent United Nations human rights expert who just completed a visit to South Ossetia has called for “more pragmatism and less politics” to improve the situation of those displaced during last year’s armed conflict that pitted Georgia against separatists and their Russian allies.

Georgia: top UN officials depart former mission area

The top military and police officials serving with the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) – which ceased its functions last month – have now left what was formerly their area of operation, a spokesperson for the world body announced today.

Georgia: personnel from defunct UN mission to leave next week

Military observers and police of what was the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) will leave Abkhazia at the end of next week, as the operation proceeds with its liquidation, the world body announced today.

Georgia: UN envoy reports progress during latest round of international talks

The United Nations envoy to Georgia and his European co-chairs led talks today as part of the continuing international discussions aimed at preventing an outbreak of renewed violence following last year’s deadly conflict in Georgia.

Despite mission’s withdrawal, UN to continue engagement in Georgia – Ban

In spite of the start of the withdrawal of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reaffirmed that the world body will remain engaged in the region.

Russia vetoes extension of UN mission in Georgia

The Security Council failed today to extend the presence of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) after Russia vetoed a technical roll-over for the nearly 16-year-old operation.

Ban rejects Georgian claim he was ‘blackmailed’ by Russia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against Georgia’s claim that he was coerced by Russia into amending his recent report on the Caucasus nation.

Ban: UN’s Georgia mission contributing to stability, security

The United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) has contributed to the overall security of the local population, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, while cautioning that an agreement on a revised security regime is needed for lasting stability.

UN lauds Georgia for issuing travel documents to Chechen refugees

The Georgian Government has granted Chechen refugees the right to travel overseas for the first time, earning praise from the United Nation for honouring a commitment it made when signing the 1951 Refugee Convention.