The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution on the status of internally displaced persons and refugees from the Russian-occupied Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) regions of Georgia.
Sponsored by Georgia along with 60 other member states from various regions of the world, the resolution affirmed the right of IDPs to return to their homes “in safety and dignity”, regardless of ethnicity.
It also emphasised the need to respect and protect their property rights and reaffirmed the “unacceptability” of forced demographic changes.
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In addition, the resolution instructed the UN Secretary-General to prepare an annual report on the implementation of the resolution, which is an “important international instrument” for the monitoring of human rights situation in the Russian-occupied regions of Georgia, as well as for “raising awareness” on the problems related to the return of refugees and IDPs to their homes.
Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili noted the resolution reaffirmed the “right of all IDPs and refugees and their descendants” to return to their homes in the Russian-occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions.