UN: Legal aspects of return of internally displaced persons and refugees to Abkhazia, Georgia

UNOn November the 29th, an impressive delegation from Georgia participated in UN conference on Abkhazia at the “Legal aspects of return of internationally displaced persons and refugees to Abkhazia, Georgia” session.
An opening address was held by Irakli Alasania, a permanent representative of Georgia to UN, who briefly described position of Georgia towards Abkhazia.
Mr. Frederick Michael Lawrence, Attorney at Law, spoke about the legal aspects of the Abkhazia refugees return to their native places, as well as legal details, requirements and rights of the refugees.


Mr. Paul Williams, Attorney at Law, introduced what his organization has done to elaborate the human rights project in Abkhazia.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Georgiy Mandjgaladze, discussed the perspectives and methods of conflict settlement in Georgia.
Malkhaz Akishbayab emphasized that it would be impossible to utilize any resemblance between Kosovo and Abkhazia situation, it would mean to mock the majority of Abkhaz population.
The next to speak was Professor Lorik Marshania, a representative of a non-governmental organization “World and Revival of Abkhazia”, who spoke about the ways to enforce mutual trust between the two related peoples.
Ms. Ketevan Sulava (Female Refugees Association) mentioned the influence of the younger generation on the conflict settlement.
Mr. Georgiy Chikovani, the Chairman of the “Territorial Integrity Restoration of Georgia” movement, told about the importance of the refugees’ return to their homes.

{mosimage}All the speakers had demonstrated how irrelevant the connection between Kosovo and Abkhazia could be. The reasons, the history and the outcomes have quite different criteria and can’t be analyzed with the same standards, as a conflict concerned party, such as Russia, is hoping for.
The negative influence of the Russian peacekeepers on the peaceful conflict settlement was highly emphasized. Although, the idea of the Russian peacekeepers’ substitution was not openly discussed, nevertheless, a few hard statements about how impossible it is for Russia to be an intermediary in Abkhaz settlement were made. Russia is trying to legalize its presence on that part of the Georgian territory for future annexation. The milestone of the conference was the concern of the Abkhaz refugees’ return back to Abkhazia.
After the official part of the conference was concluded, Mr. Irakli Gagua, the President of the Abkhazia Institute for Social and Economic Research, who was present at the conference, held discussions with the Georgian delegation. He introduced the program of the Institute, as well as the outlook of MIGa Abkhazeti and 80% of the native population of Abkhazia, who was banished away due to the ethnic cleansing.
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I would like to add, that the time of inertia and scrutinizing has passed, when we still were cherishing the hope to get official demonstration of the Georgian authorities. We are capable to have some bearing on government structures of diverse level since 80% of Abkhaz population or 350000 of native residents represent power which needs to be considered. Nobody is allowed to “burn” money of the Georgian taxpayers for their inactivity. A rigid demand will be brought up. It should not be forgotten that Mr. Putin and his bodies can not stop us from returning back home. I am glad to realize that there is a big group in Abkhazia, especially among the younger generation, who wants to be acknowledged and does not want to be imposed Russian slavery instead of “abstract” freedom. It is a real golden Abkhaz youth which in a matter of days will manage the administrative personnel. Many on high level authorities started to recognize risk and menace of the situation for the 20% of the native population of Abkhazia due to the Bagapsh’s actions. On a daily basis, we are holding consultations and meetings with them on the peaceful settlement of the conflict.





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