As winter sets in, UN agency prepares to feed vulnerable families in Georgia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it will provide food aid this winter to 6,700 people in Georgia who have been displaced several times since fleeing their homes in 2008 amid fighting in South Ossetia.

Georgia: UN rights official calls for durable solution for those displaced by conflict

A senior United Nations human rights official today called for renewed efforts to find employment and livelihood opportunities for 350,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Georgia, many of whom were driven from their homes by conflict nearly 20 years ago.

Georgians displaced in South Ossetian conflict get Internet access thanks to UN

Thousands of Georgians displaced by the 2008 conflict with Russia over South Ossetia are getting access to computers for their education and livelihood purposes, thanks to an initiative by the United Nations refugee agency.

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.