Refugees

NATO Resolution 382 on the situation in Georgia

Originally posted on NATO Parliamentary Assembly Website 

RESOLUTION 382 on THE SITUATION IN GEORGIA (November, 2010)

Presented by the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security and adopted by the Plenary Assembly on Tuesday 16 November 2010, Warsaw, Poland
The Assembly, 

1.   Commending Georgian authorities on their efforts to further democratic reforms, and in particular, to fight corruption, build democratic institutions and engage opposition in decision‑making;

2.    Acknowledging the significant contribution of Georgia to the NATO mission in Afghanistan;

3.     Welcoming the conduct of competitive and democratic local elections on 30 May 2010, which, according to international observers, marked progress towards meeting OSCE and Council of Europe commitments, despite significant remaining shortcomings;

4.    Welcoming also the process of constitutional reform, but regretting that full use was not made of the advisory mechanism of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe;

5.     Deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Georgia  ’s occupied territories of Abkhazia andSouth Ossetia, as well as the ongoing denial of the right of return to Georgian populations displaced from the two regions; (more…)

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Ethnic Map of Georgia

This is an ethnic map of Georgia that was released by the European Centre For Minority Issues. It is a bit outdated because it was released in January, 2009, but no other similar map has been released since then.

According to the data there were 239,872 Georgians in Abkhazia in 1989, however according to 2009 data there are approximately 45,000-65,000 left, who either stayed after the war or returned mainly around Gali (which is the closest town to the Georgian border).

According to the same data there were 28,544 officially registered Georgians in South Ossetia in 1989, today the there are only 2-3,000.

Take a look at more interesting info at the map below:

Most of the young Georgians from Abkhazia have IDP status and they live around Georgia or around the world. Those from Abkhazia have not had a chance to get back to their homes for almost 20 years, some of them even don’t remember how their houses look/looked (because part of the property was either burned or destroyed). Will they ever have a chance to stand on their homeland? Nobody has an answer..