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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the Resolution adopted at the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly on the 'Status of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, Ge

 

On the 29th of June, 2011, during the 65th Session, the UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution on the "Status of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, Georgia." The initial resolution was adopted by the General Assembly in 2008 and since then the latter has been annually confirming the necessity of voluntary, dignified and safe return of IDPs and refugees to their homes. The Resolution also emphasizes the protection and respect of the property rights of the IDPs and refugees.

At the same time, the Resolution condemns the demographic changes in the occupied regions introduced via forceful means, and calls on the participants of the Geneva Negotiations to activate their efforts for ensuring the return of the IDPs and refugees to their homes. It is important that the Resolution obligates the UN Secretary General to present to the General Assembly an annual report on the existing situation related to the IDPs and refuges. The next relevant report on the IDPs will be published in 2012.

Moreover, the Resolution underlines the urgent necessity of an unhampered humanitarian activity in the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions. Mentioned provision obtains special importance in the light of the continued efforts of the Russian Federation and its proxy regimes to block the Humanitarian Missions and International Organizations from entering the occupied territories.

The Resolution presented by Georgia was backed by 57 nations and only 13 nations voted against. It is noteworthy that, in comparison with 2010, the number of supporters of the Resolution has increased by seven nations and the number of opponents has decreased by four. The list of supporters from the previous year has been expanded by Antigua and Barbuda, Costa Rica, Guinea Bissau, Maldives, Republic of Congo, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, and Vanuatu. The following states were removed from the list of opponents of the Resolution: Nauru, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Zimbabwe.

This positive dynamics generated by the increased number of supporters of the Resolution proves the gorwing awareness among the international community in respect to the humanitarian disaster produced by the forceful demographic changes in the occupied regions of Georgia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia conveys its gratitude to all states, which supported the Resolution on the right of return of the IDPs and refugees. We also appreciate the position of all those nations, which, unlike the previous years, decided that voting against this Resolution would not be in compliance with international law.

Regretfully, the Russian Federation had attempted again to politicize the issue. Not only Russia voted against the Resolution, but it also did its best to convince the international community that IDPs and refugees have no right to return to their homes. Such an attempt on behalf of the Russian Federation clearly indicates its attitude towards the obligations envisaged by international law. On the other hand, results of the vote of the General Assembly represent a vivid and a crystal clear response of the international community to the Russian undertakings.

The Resolution was supported by the following 57 nations:

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tuvalu, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vanuatu.

Attached files:

The text of the Resolution

The text of the speech made at the 65th session of the UN General Assembly by the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN

The video link:

http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2011/06/general-assembly-105th-plenary-meeting.html

 

Tbilisi, 30 June 2011

 

Attached documents:

Statement by H.E. Mr. Alexander Lomaia, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations

Georgia: draft resolution

 

 
 

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