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UN Chief calls for more action on Georgia’s refugees and internally displaced persons.

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Pictured here is the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Kaha Imnadze, during a recent press briefing on the "Violations of international law by the Assad regime and the Russian Federation by recognizing the occupied Georgian region of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia as so called independent states." UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement on the tenth anniversary of the conflict in Georgia which follows. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

“On the tenth anniversary of the 2008 conflict in Georgia”, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that “it is a reminder of the need to receive this and other protracted conflicts in Europe. This requires increased commitment by the relevant actors, backed by strong political will, and a reinvigoration of mediation processes.”

The UN Secretary-General went on to say that he “urges all the participants in the Geneva International Discussions to adopt a constructive, forward-looking approach that would allow this indispensable mechanism to fulfill its mandate. All concerned should prioritize progress through appropriate dialogue and refrain from divisive policies and unilateral actions that may adversely impact regional peace and security.”

The UN Secretary-General went on to say that he recalled “that while the Geneva International Discussions and the Incident Response and  Prevention Mechanism have substantially contributed to strengthening stability in recent years, more should be done on key security and humanitarian issues, including those related to the plight of the many internally displaced persons and refugees.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made it clear that “The United Nations will continue to fully support this important mechanism and work with the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to achieve progress on all issues.”


Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of "Baltic Review" based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body's work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.

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