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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 …