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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 …