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.

Security Council renews UN Georgia mission for four months, pending revisions

The Security Council today unanimously extended the 15-year-old United Nations mission on the ceasefire line between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in Georgia for another four months, pending recommendations on its future following last year’s Russian-Georgian conflict.

Security Council consults on Georgia resolution

The Security Council today held consultations on a draft resolution on the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) whose mandate expires at the weekend, with the Council president voicing confidence that a new resolution would be adopted by then.

Georgia: UN expands longer-term recovery projects after conflict with Russia

The United Nations is expanding its efforts to help Georgia tackle the longer-term challenges of last year’s conflict with Russia by restoring livelihoods and improving public services, after easing the immediate humanitarian impact of hostilities that uprooted nearly 200,000 people.

Georgia: UN mission in ‘precarious’ position, says Ban

Although the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) continues patrolling on both sides of the ceasefire line between the Government and Abkhaz separatists in the country’s north-west, it is in a “precarious” position which could quickly become untenable, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a new report to the Security Council.

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.