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19 May 2014 description

18 tonnes of diesel fuel was supplied by the Russian side to Georgia to secure uninterrupted work of heavy equipment, cleaning up the area cut off by landslide in the Dariali gorge, the Georgian Interior Ministry said on May 19.

09 Jul 2012 description

Georgia has offered Russia to send rescue teams and humanitarian aid to assist in relief efforts following flash floods in southern Russian region of Krasnodar which killed at least 153 people.

Georgian President’s spokesperson, Manana Manjgaladze, expressed deep condolences to the families of victims and said that the Georgian rescue teams were “in full readiness” to arrive in flood-hit areas of Russia.

“The Georgian side is also ready to send humanitarian aid; relevant instructions have

19 Dec 2011 description

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared as admissible an inter-state application lodged by Georgia against Russia in connection to the August, 2008 war.

“The Court’s admissibility decision in no way prejudges the merits of the Georgian government’s complaints. The Court will deliver its judgment at a later date,” the Strasbourg-based court said on December 19.

06 Dec 2005 description

About 140 Chechen refugees residing in the Pankisi gorge of eastern Georgia since 1999 left the country and returned back to Chechnya on December 6.
This return of Chechen refugees was organized by the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, which pledged that those refugees who are homeless will be provided with temporary residence and compensation.

This return of Chechen refugees is part of the official process of repatriation, which was launched in May, with the return of 19 refugees.

30 Aug 2005 description

The Georgian Ministry for Refugees and Accommodation, with the support of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), started on August 30 a census of Chechen refugees currently residing in the Pankisi gorge in Georgia's eastern mountains.

The process , which is conducted annually, will last for two weeks.

Minister for Refugees and Accommodation Eter Astemirova said that according to census data from last September, about 2,500 Chechen refugees live in Pankisi.

30 May 2005 description

19 Chechen refugees left Georgia's Pankisi gorge on May 28 and returned back to Chechnya, Georgian Minister for Refugees and Accommodation Eter Astemirova told Civil Georgia on Monday.

Although, part of the Chechen refuges, which have been living in Pankisi gorge since 1999 already returned to Chechnya, this resent departure was the first officially registered repatriation.

Minister Eter Astemirova said that 202 more Chechen refugees, mostly elderly persons, have already expressed willingness to join this process of official repatriation.

This recent repatriation took place …

25 May 2005 description

A group of officials from Russia, which also includes representative from the pro-Moscow Chechen administration, visited on May 25 Georgia's Pankisi gorge, which is now a shelter for about 2,500 Chechen refugees, who fled the war in this rebel republic of Russia in 1999.

Before departure to Pankisi, the members of the Russian delegation, which includes Chief of the Chechen President's Administration Husein Makayev, held talks with Georgian Minister for Refugees and Accommodation Eter Astemirova to discuss the issue of repatriation of Chechen refugees back to Chechnya.

25 May 2005 description

A group of officials from Russia, which also includes representative from the pro-Moscow Chechen administration, visited on May 25 Georgia's Pankisi gorge, which is now a shelter for about 2,500 Chechen refugees, who fled the war in this rebel republic of Russia in 1999.

Before departure to Pankisi, the members of the Russian delegation, which includes Chief of the Chechen President's Administration Husein Makayev, held talks with Georgian Minister for Refugees and Accommodation Eter Astemirova to discuss the issue of repatriation of Chechen refugees back to …

06 Sep 2004 description

North Ossetian section of the Georgian-Russian border remains closed by the Russian authorities, following the terrorist act in North Ossetian town of Beslan.

"The border is closed from the Russian side and movement across the border is impossible. It is also unclear yet how long the borders will be closed," Shalva Londaridze, a spokesman for the Georgian Border Guard Department told Civil Georgia on September 6.

06 Sep 2004 description

2,650 Chechen refugees underwent registration carried out in Georgia's Akhmeta district and the villages of Pankisi gorge in August, According to the Georgian Ministry for Refugees and Accommodations (MRA).

3,700 Chechen refugees were registered in Pankisi gorge last year.

Additional registration procedures will be carried out till September 26, mainly for those refugees who live in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

01 Jul 2004 description

The Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) decided on June 29 to prolong its border monitoring mission in Georgia along the Ingush, Chechen and Daghestani sections of the Russo-Georgian border for six more months.

Up to 150 unarmed observers from the OSCE member countries conduct round-the-clock foot, air and vehicle monitoring procedures throughout the 280 km section of the Russian-Georgian border, in efforts to observe and report border-crossing movements.

According to the OSCE Tbilisi office, 42 air crossings and 373 foot crossings were …

02 Oct 2003 description

The Russian plane, which arrived in Tbilisi on September 29 to repatriate Chechen refugees willing to return to Chechnya, left Georgia with none of Chechens on the board. Russian authorities' second try to convince refugees living in Georgia's Pankisi gorge since 1999, to return to the war-torn Chechnya failed again.

30 Sep 2003 description

Chechen refugees living in the Pankisi Gorge of Georgia categorically refused to return to Chechnya, claiming there are no security guarantees.

The Russian delegation led by Minister for Chechen Affairs Stanislav Iliasov arrived in the Pankisi Gorge on September 30 to convince Chechen refugees to repatriate on a voluntary basis.

The delegation brought 20 tons of humanitarian aid consisting of warm clothes and food; however the refugees refused to receive the Russian humanitarian aid.

"We do not trust them [Russian authorities]. They need us only to score points on the eve of …

29 Sep 2003 description

(Tbilisi, September 29, 2003, Civil Georgia) - The Russian delegation led by Minister for Chechen Affairs Stanislav Iliasov will arrive in Tbilisi on September 29.

The delegation will bring 20 tons of humanitarian aid to the Chechen refugees living in the Pankisi Gorge and will try to convince them to return to Chechnya on a voluntary basis.

The delegation visited the Pankisi Gorge in early September.

04 Sep 2003 description

Russia is intensifying its efforts to repatriate Chechen refugees back to Chechnya as local presidential elections loom in the war-torn region.

A Russian delegation visited Georgia on September 1-2 to hold talks with Georgian authorities on the return of Chechen refugees living in Pankisi Gorge. According to the latest census held by the Georgian Ministry for Refugees and Accommodation in cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, up to 3,800 Chechens are in Georgia at the moment.

02 Sep 2003 description

(Tbilisi, September 2, 2003, Civil Georgia) - The representatives of the Russian delegation and the Interior Ministry of Georgia today set up a special commission that will work over the repatriation of Chechen refugees to their homes.

Russian Minister for Chechnya Stanislav Iliasov told reporters in Tbilisi that the commission will also include the representatives of the Russian-backed Chechen administration, who will arrive in the Pankisi Gorge in late September to convince Chechen refugees to return.

01 Sep 2003 description

(Tbilisi, September 1, 2003, Civil Georgia) - Deputy Minister for Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation Yuri Brazhnikov arrived on August 31 in Tbilisi to hold talks with the Georgian authorities over repatriation of the Chechen refugees living in Georgia.

Up to 3,700 Chechen refugees, who fled from the second war in Chechnya in 1999, live in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge at the moment.

The Russian delegation visited Georgia in June.

01 Jul 2003 description

(Tbilisi, July 1, 2003, Civil Georgia) - President Eduard Shevardnadze said at the news briefing on June 30 that he supports continued deployment of the Russian peacekeepers in Abkhazia. He also said the troops would be withdrawn immediately should one of the sides (Georgian or the Abkhaz) demand it.

Georgian Foreign Ministry has already sent to Moscow a draft agreement concerning the issue.

28 Jun 2003 description

(Tbilisi, June 28, 2003, Civil Georgia) - According to the preliminary results of the census of Chechen refugees, over 3,600 Chechens live in Pankisi gorge at the moment, Governor of the Akhmeta District Nukri Alavidze told Civil Georgia.

He said final results of the census would officially be published on July 1.

Registration of Chechen refugees in the Pankisi gorge was launched on June 9 by the Georgian Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation, with the support of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

According to the census held in April 2002 there were up to 4,200 …

12 Jun 2003 description

Despite Russian authorities' vows to provide security guarantees to Chechen returnees, refugees living in Georgia's Pankisi gorge prefer to stay in the gorge, fearing that recent statements of the Russian officials on improved security situation are mere propaganda.