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27 Dec 2002 description

Ruslan Isayev, North Caucasus - On Wednesday night at about 2 a.m., several unknown persons broke into the office of German organization HELP, located in Ingushetia's largest town Nazran in the Gikalo street, beat the guard and seized a safe with 7,500 euro, 2,600 USD, some 100,000 roubles as well as financial documents of the organization.

The attackers also seized one passenger car VAZ-2110 owned by one of HELP's workers, and run away on it. The police are looking into the crime now.

27 Dec 2002 description

(Tbilisi, December 27, 2002. Civil Georgia) - Deputy Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Georgia Roza Atunbaeva said at the news briefing today that the UN Observers Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) was not informed concerning the resumption of the railway route between Russia and Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia.

She stated that such a unilateral moves hinders peace process in between the conflicting parties.

On December 25 the first train in past ten years crossed the border between Russia and Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia.

26 Dec 2002 description

(Tbilisi, December 26, 2002. Civil Georgia) - Tbilisi-based Abkhazian government in exile reported that the Abkhaz military units carried out sweep operation in Gali district of breakaway Abkhazia on December 26 arresting up to 30 Georgian civilians living in the district.

The part of the Gali district is in the security zone under the responsibility of the CIS peacekeeping troops. Georgian authorities claim that the Abkhaz separatists carried out mop-up in this security zone.

The UN Observers Mission in Georgia was informed concerning the fact.

26 Dec 2002 description

(Tbilisi, December 26, 2002. Civil Georgia) - On December 25 the first train in past ten years crossed the border between Russia and Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia.

Georgian MPs expressed protest today regarding the restoration of the railway route between Russia and separatist region.

"Restoration of the railway, together with granting Russian citizenship to the population of breakaway region can be regarded as an open aggression against Georgia," MP Givi Lominadze of Abkhazia faction stated at the Parliamentary session today.

24 Dec 2002 description

(Tbilisi, December 24, 2002. Civil Georgia) - The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will extend its monitoring mission at the Daghestani section of the Georgian-Russian border in 2003.

"The border monitoring mission extends and expands. Decision was taken in Vienna on December 19.

20 Dec 2002 description

(Tbilisi, December 20, 2002. Civil Georgia) - Russian and Georgian experts from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs hold consultations in Tbilisi on December 20-21.

Situation in Abkhazia will be the top agenda during the consultations. It is anticipated that Georgian side will push the issue of changing mandate of the CIS peacekeeping forces deployed in the conflict zone.

Georgian authorities accuse Russian government for having no progress in Abkhazian conflict resolution.

19 Dec 2002 description

(Tbilisi, December 19, 2002. Civil Georgia) - Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma said at the meeting with his Georgian counterpart Eduard Shevardnadze in Tbilisi on December 18, that Ukraine is ready to participate in Abkhaz conflict resolution only under the UN auspices.

Kuchma stated that he would assist in organizing the international conference in Ukraine, where the ways of Abkhazian conflict settlement would be discussed.

The peacekeeping operation in the Abkhazian conflict zone is run under the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) auspices at the moment.

03 Dec 2002 description

(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, December 3, 2002) - Russian President's special envoy for the Abkhazian conflict settlement Valeri Loshchinin met with the representatives of the UN Secretary General's Group of Friends on Georgia (Germany, France, Great Britain, and the United States) in Moscow on December 2. Russia is the member of the group as well.

Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry reports that the issue of restoration of mutual trust between the Georgian and Abkhazian sides was discussed during the meeting.

21 Nov 2002 description

Tbilisi Fears to Lose the Only Georgian Enclave in Breakaway Province

On August 13 Georgian State Minister and Abkhaz Premier failed to reach agreement on withdrawal of Abkhaz fighters from Georgian controlled upper Kodori gorge, breakaway Abkhazia. Talks resume today concerning the issue.

The negotiations in Chuburkhinji, breakaway Abkhazia suspended yesterday for several times because of armed clashes that occurred in the gorge between the Georgians and Abkhaz fighters, causing no casualties.

19 Nov 2002 description

(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, November 19, 2002) - Rolf Ekéus, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities starts three-day official visit in Georgia today.

OSCE official plans to meet Georgian President, Parliamentary Chairperson, Foreign Affairs and Education Ministers, also other Georgian high officials.

Rolf Ekéus will take part in the conference dedicated to the region of Samtskhe-Javakheti, which is populated with the large number of ethnic Armenians.

15 Nov 2002 description

(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, November 15, 2002) - The Georgian Foreign Ministry sent a protest note to the Russian Foreign on November 14 following the statement of Russian Foreign Ministry official to facilitate Abkhaz side's participation in the UN Security Council session.

Russian President's special envoy for the Abkhazian conflict settlement Valeri Loshchinin promised Anri Jergenia, de facto Prime Minister of breakaway Abkhazia during the meeting in Moscow on November 13 to assist the Abkhaz side in presence at the UN Security Council's session.

The Security Council, …

13 Nov 2002 description

(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, November 13, 2002) - On November 12 UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno left Tbilisi and arrived in Moscow to hold talks with the Russian authorities concerning the Abkhazian conflict settlement.

Meeting with the Russian President's special envoy for the Abkhazian conflict resolution Valeri Loshchinin.

Georgian President's special envoy for the Abkhazian conflict settlement, Adjarian leader Aslan Abashidze and Prime Minister of breakaway Abkhazia Anri Jergenia are also in Moscow at the moment.

13 Nov 2002 description

On November 8-12 UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno visited Georgia. The UN official offered the Georgian and Abkhazian sides to resolve the conflict on the basis of so called "Boden Document", which confers wide autonomy to Abkhazia within the Georgian state.

12 Nov 2002 description

(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, November 12, 2002) - After the meeting with Jean-Marie Guéhenno, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Georgian Parliamentarians expressed disappointment with UN's inactive role in the Abkhazian conflict settlement.

"After decade of conflict justifications for the peaceful settlement of the problem become less convincing," Nino Burjanadze, Parliamentary Chairperson told the reporters today.

"Abkhaz separatists abducted dozens of Georgian civilians in Gali [district in breakaway Abkhazia] just before the visit of the UN …

11 Nov 2002 description

(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, November 11, 2002) - Jean-Marie Guéhenno, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, which pays official visit to Georgia, held talks in Sukhumi, breakaway Abkhazia's capital and returns in Tbilisi today.

08 Nov 2002 description

(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, November 8, 2002) - Jean-Marie Guéhenno, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations arrives in Georgia on November 8.

During the meetings with the Georgian leadership issue of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict settlement will be discussed.

Jean-Marie Guéhenno will visit breakaway Abkhaz capital Sukhumi and hold talks with authorities of the unrecognized Abkhazian Republic, as well as with the Commander of the CIS peacekeeping forces in the conflict zone.

30 Oct 2002 description

(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, October 30, 2002) - Today Georgian Interior Minister Koba Narchemashvili visited Pankisi gorge and supplied Chechen refugees living in the gorge with the humanitarian aid.

Up to 3,700 Chechen refugees live in Pankisi gorge. Georgian authorities say anti-criminal operation in the gorge is held with respect of rights of refugees.

Georgian Interior Ministry together with the Security Ministry carries out special operation in the gorge for the final crackdown on criminals and militants remaining in Pankisi.

19 Oct 2002 description

(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, October 18, 2002) - Georgia is ready for constructive cooperation with Russia on repatriation of Chechen refugees, living in Pankisi gorge, on the voluntary bases, Georgian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Kakha Sikharulidze said at the news briefing on October 18.

Earlier Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Georgia delays to provide Russia the list of Chechen refugees willing to return in Chechnya.

Kakha Sikharulidze said that according to the international standards the some of the data concerning the refugees are confidential.

18 Oct 2002 description

(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, October 18, 2002) - Valeri Chkheidze, Commander of the Georgian Border Guard Department and his Russian counterpart Konstantin Totski signed an agreement concerning the improvement of the security measures at the Russo-Georgian border on October 17 in Armenian capital Yerevan.

Russian media sources report that the agreement considers exchange of information between the border guard agencies of the two countries and joint patrolling of the border.

18 Oct 2002 description

"There is the preliminary agreement with the OSCE [Organization for security and Cooperation in Europe] to widen its border monitoring mission at the Daghestani section of the Georgian-Russian border," Irakli Menagharishvili, Georgian Foreign Minister told the reporters today.

In December 1999, the OSCE began monitoring movements across the 82-kilometre border between Georgia and the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.