We, UN and non-UN entities, re-affirm our determination to prevent future acts of sexual exploitation and abuse by our personnel.
We note the issuance of this Statement at the High-level Conference on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and NGO Personnel on 4 December 2006 in New York, USA and welcome future endorsement of this Statement by others.
Following today's press statement from the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation mentioning, among others, that "the Chief Military Observer of the Mission Major-General Khattak agreed that actions by the Russian side do not contradict basic agreements on the conduct of the peacekeeping operation", UNOMIG clarifies that it has no authority to pronounce on the conformity between the CIS peacekeeping operation in the Zone of the Georgian-Abkhaz Conflict and CIS rules.
With regard to the point whether the recent increase in the CIS peacekeeping force conforms with …
The United Nations' cooperation with the HALO Trust can be found in many parts of the world. The Southern Caucasus is no exception. The HALO Trust conducted an extensive landmine survey in the area between 1999 and 2000, and between 1998 and 2007 HALO ran a fully integrated mine clearance programme.
The CIMIC (Civil-Military Coordination) project of rehabilitating the tuberculosis hospital in Zugdidi district was initiated in 2007, and was made possible with the financial support of the European Commission Delegation to Georgia. The project, which took more than one year to complete, was finalised on 13 February 2009.
UNOMIG continued to engage in humanitarian assistance projects to address the needs of the local population in its area of responsibility. In September 2008, UN Police renovated and refurbished a kindergarten in the District Tsalendzhikha (Zugdidi Sector) with the support of the German Government.
In March 2008 UN Police Advisers - Mr. Ingo BAUER and Ms.
1. On 20 April 2008, the Abkhaz side informed UNOMIG that at 9:57 the same day one of their fighter jets L-39 had shot down with an air-to-air missile a Georgian unmanned aircraft that had entered Abkhaz-controlled territory in violation of the Moscow agreement on the ceasefire and separation of forces of 1994. After initially denying that a Georgian UAV flew on that day, the Georgian government subsequently acknowledged that one of their mid-size Hermes 450 had been downed over Abkhaz-controlled territory and claimed that a Russian aircraft had destroyed the aircraft.
Tbilisi, 21 April, 2008 - Over the last several days Abkhaz and Georgian media reports have respectively claimed that a concentration of armed personnel and military hardware was taking place in the zone of conflict on the opposite side of the ceasefire line as well as in the Kodori Valley. These reports have prompted official statements both in Sukhumi and Tbilisi.
The Second Meeting of the Steering Committee for the EC funded rehabilitation program in the Georgian- Abkhaz conflict zone was held on 4 July 2007 in Zugdidi UNOMIG Sector HQ, chaired by the Head of the Delegation of the European Commission (EC), Ambassador Per Eklund, in the presence of Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Ivo Petrov and the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Mr. Peter van Ruysseveldt. The Georgian side was represented by Mr. Ruslan Abashidze and the Abkhaz side- by Mr.
PR/2007/86 Tbilisi, 29 June, 2007
From 27 to 28 June 2007, senior representatives of the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General (France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States) met in Bonn, Germany under the Chairmanship of the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.
On 03 April, 2007 United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) issued a press release on Joint Fact-Finding Group's (JFFG) investigation on the recently reported attacks in the upper Kodori valley.
"In response to the attacks reported in the upper Kodori valley on the night of 11 March 2007, the Chief Military Observer (CMO) of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) convened a Joint Fact-Finding Group (JFFG).
Tbilisi, 7 January 2007 - UNOMIG deeply deplores the attack on a Georgian checkpoint in the village of Ganmukhuri on 5 January, which resulted in the killing of one Georgian policeman and the wounding of another. This is the third violent incident, following the killings that occurred on 25 and 26 December in the Gali district, which undermines security in the zone of conflict.
The Mission condemns this act of violence.
UNOMIG stresses once again that the perpetrators of these attacks must be apprehended and brought to justice.
Tbilisi, 28 December 2006: The United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) voices its concern over the developments of the past few days in the Gali district, including the 25 December attack by an improvised explosive device on the M-27 highway that killed two representatives of the Abkhaz de facto militia; and the killing of a third one in lower Gali on 26 December.
The Mission condemns these and all acts of violence.
Tbilisi, 22 December, 2006 - On 13-16 December UNOMIG, jointly with the Commonwealth of Independent States Peacekeeping Forces (CIS PKF), resumed multi-day patrolling of the lower and upper Kodori valley. The joint patrol enjoyed freedom of movement throughout the Kodori valley with security guarantees and full cooperation from both sides.
Tbilisi, 1 November, 2006 - Following reports that on 25 October 2006 three GRAD rockets had been launched from Tkvarcheli district into the upper Kodori valley, in the vicinity of Azhara village, UNOMIG undertook an independent investigation on 26 October in accordance with its mandate. One investigation team traveled to the Tkvarcheli district. Another one met in Azhara with Georgian officials, who conveyed the findings of their investigation. The UNOMIG team in the Kodori valley examined two of the three impact sites.
Tbilisi, 25 October, 2006 - Following today's reports of a rocket attack in the vicinity of the village of Azhara in the Upper Kodori Valley, the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) has decided to initiate an investigation into the matter. This is in line with UNOMIG's mandate "to investigate, at the request of either party or the CIS peacekeeping force or on its own initiative reported or alleged violations of the [Agreement on a Ceasefire and Separation of Forces (1994)]".
Tbilisi, 13 October, 2006 - A joint UNOMIG/CIS PKF patrol was launched to the lower Kodori Valley on 11 October and to the upper Kodori Valley on 12 October.
Sukhumi, 2 August, 2006
Speaking to reporters in New York on July 12 2006, the outgoing United Nations envoy for Georgia said that there now exists a "possibility for a political dialogue" between Georgian authorities and Abkhaz separatists over a dispute that flared into open warfare 14 years ago, while stressing the important role being played by UN police in the region and the need for them to be allowed onto both sides of the conflict zone.
Since being added to the Mission in 2003 (SC Resolution 1494 of 2003), UNOMIG Police have worked closely with the local law enforcement agencies to improve the security conditions by assisting in training them in the conflict zone in Abkhazia, Georgia. UNOMIG police officers advise, monitor, assist and train the local police on law enforcement and human rights issues and provide equipment.
Within the last two and a half years training has been an important part of the agenda.
The visit of the high-level delegation of the Group of Friends - Ambassador Dr Norbert Baas, Germany, Mr Frédéric Baleine du Laurens, France, Ambassador Mikhail N. Bocharnikov, Russia, Sir Brian Fall, United Kingdom, Mr Matthew J. Bryza, United States - together with the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, to Tbilisi and Sukhumi was based on the latest resolution of the U.N. Security Council of March 31, 2006, on the conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia.