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28 Nov 2007 description

Mikheil Saakashvili, who runs for reelection in the January 5 early presidential elections, said Georgia along with the international community would create conditions in next few months that would secure internally displaced persons' safe return to Abkhazia.

Saakashvili was speaking at a meeting with a group of internally displaced persons from Abkhazia as part of his election campaign.

05 Apr 2006 description

The Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe will discuss a draft resolution on refugees and displaced persons in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia during its spring session on April 13.

"The situation of refugees and displaced persons in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia continues to be an obstacle for the development of these countries in economic, socio-political and health terms...

10 Jan 2006 description

Georgians living in Gali district of Abkhazia will face no problems even if they refuse to accept Abkhaz passports, Foreign Minister of breakaway Abkhazia Sergey Shamba said in an interview with Russian news agency Regnum on January 10.

"Simply they will be deprived of right to vote if they refuse to take Abkhaz passports, as it is necessary to present ID during voting, in our case this [ID] is our internal passport," Shamba said.

He also said that situation has "improved a lot" after Georgian guerrilla groups were disbanded there.

"But in recent months …

04 Aug 2005 description

Both the Georgian and Abkhaz sides described the UN-mediated talks in Tbilisi on August 4 as a "constructive," a fact that has the potential to provide positive momentum for further negotiations between the conflicting sides.

The talks in Tbilisi were postponed twice because of a maritime incident in June where the Georgian Coast Guard seized a Turkish vessel en route to Abkhazia.

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.