The remains of five missing individuals who went missing during the 1992-1993 armed conflicts in the Russian-occupied Georgian region of Abkhazia have been identified and a memorial service will be held today and tomorrow at Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, Interpressnews (IPN) reports.
The International Red Cross Committee (ICRC) informed IPN that the families of five missing individuals have already been notified about the identification, noting that the remains were exhumed during 2018-2020 excavations in Sokhumi (capital of Russian-occupied Abkhazia) and town Gagra under the leadership of the ICRC.
The Georgian state ministry of reconciliation and civil equality announced that out of five identified remains, two were military personnel and three - civilians. The funeral of one identified body with military honours will take place on August 14 at the Digomi Brothers Cemetery.
Head of the ICRC Delegation Severine Chappaz said that more involvement of all former parties of the armed conflict is required ‘to make the process of finding and identifying as well as supporting families more effective and sustainable,’ Chappaz said.
In 2010 two coordination mechanisms were established for the identification of missing people’s remains from the Abkhazia war and the 2008 August war. The remains of 589 people have been found so far, 211 of them were identified and handed over to families.
A total of 2,345 people are considered to be missing as a result of the armed conflicts of the 1990s and August 2008 wars.
The remains of 13 individuals from the Abkhazia war were identified and laid to rest in late April 2021 through the cooperation of Georgia’s State Ministry for Reconciliation and ICRC.