Georgia

Meeting of working group III of the coordination council of the Georgian and Abkhaz sides

The fourth meeting of Working Group III on Social and Economic Issues, of the Coordination Council of the Georgian and Abkhaz Parties, was held on Monday 8 April in Sukhumi. The Working Group III meeting was chaired by Mr. Lance Clark, UNDP Resident Representative, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator. The Georgian delegation was led by Mr. M. Kakabadze, and the Abkhaz delegation by Mr. B. Kubrava. The meeting was convened at UNOMIG headquarters.
The meeting was held in a very positive and constructive atmosphere. Four agenda items were first discussed in plenary session, and then in more detail by experts in each area. By the conclusion of the meeting, the two sides and the Chair agreed and signed the attached protocols on the following four agenda items:

a. Medical aid to incurable cancer patients

b. Radioactive waste on the territory of Sukhumi Physical-Technical Institute (SPTI) and other organizations

c. Education issues

d. Telecommunications works

During the course of the day, the Abkhaz authorities, as a goodwill gesture, released the four Georgian citizens (Mr. David Chichinadze, Mr. Komari Chichinadze, Mr. Kochia Akhalaia, and Mr. Koba Mania) who were detained in October 2001 near the cease-fire-line. The four persons were handed over to the United Nations Human Rights Office and returned with the Georgian delegation.

Tbilisi, April 9, 2002

PROTOCOL #1

Resolution of the Third Working Group Regarding the Provision of Medical Aid to Incurable Cancer Patients

Approves the intention of the Parties related to the supply of anaesthetic (narcotic) materials to incurable cancer patients. Approves the elaboration of appropriate normative acts that involve strict control of materials, and the provision of information to relevant authorities of the Parties through the Georgian-Abkhazian Coordination Commission.

On behalf of the Georgian side
M. Kakabadze

On behalf of the Abkhazian side
B. Kubrava

On behalf of the UN
L. Clark

PROTOCOL #2

Resolution of Working Group III Regarding Radioactive Waste on the Territory of Sukhumi Physical-Technical Institute (SPTI) and Other Organizations

Having reviewed the proposals of both parties, the Working Group III has agreed to conduct the following activities:

1. SPTI will specify the roster of radioactive sources and waste.

2. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Georgia will:

a. transfer to SPTI modern radiometric and dosimetric equipment for conducting independent works with radioisotope sources, as well as the facilities for personal security;

b. provide assistance in ensuring secure preservation of radioactive substances on the territory of SPTI, and the construction of a technological site on the territory of the institute for the preparation of radioactive substances for transportation;

c. take the radioactive substances out from the territory of Abkhazia, after the storage area for these radioactive substances is arranged;

d. consider the issue of inviting a specialized organization for removing two gamma-equipment with cobalt 60 (from 800 curie to 8000 curie) situated in SPTI and the Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy.

e. provide the Abkhazian State Center for Environmental Monitoring with mobile facilities for monitoring radiation on the territory of Abkhazia;

f. solicit the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency regarding the provision of technical and financial assistance for conducting the mentioned activities.

On behalf of the Georgian side
M. Kakabadze

On behalf of the Abkhazian side
B. Kubrava

On behalf of the UN
L. Clark

PROTOCOL #3

Resolution on Education Issues

The Georgian side has submitted its proposals to the Abkhazian side for further consideration. The next meeting of Ministers of Education is scheduled for 22 April 2002 in the UN Sokhumi office, where the programme and methods of support of Gali region schools will be reviewed. Discussion of other issues is planned at following meetings.

The Working Group gives its highest assessment to the work already performeed by UNHCR regarding reconstruction of schools in the Gali district. and supports its future plans for completion of these works (including possible repair of schools currently being used by CIS Peace-Keeping Forces). The Working Group also supports the school rehabilitation plans of UNHCR for other regions of Abkhazia.

On behalf of the Georgian side
M. Kakabadze

On behalf of the Abkhazian side
B. Kubrava

On behalf of the UN
L. Clark

PROTOCOL #4

Resolution on the Results of Telecommunications Works

The Working Group gives its high assessment regarding the work undertaken by UNDP [with funding from the German Government] with regard to rehabilitation of the system of telecommunications, and requests the Embassy of Germany in Georgia to provide funding for the next installment of these works.

On behalf of the Georgian side
M. Kakabadze

On behalf of the Abkhazian side
B. Kubrava

On behalf of the UN
L. Clark