The Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population remains
greatly concerned by the humanitarian situation following the war
between Georgia and Russia.
Although many of the 192 000 people displaced by the war have
been able to return to their homes, there still remain many people
with humanitarian needs as returnees, as displaced persons or as
persons who have remained in the former conflict zones.
The committee is particularly concerned about the security
situation of ethnic Georgians living in the Gali region of Abkhazia
and the Kodori Valley. It is also greatly concerned about the security
situation of ethnic Georgians remaining in South Ossetia, those
living close to the de facto “border” with South Ossetia and those
remaining in the Akhalgori district.
The committee welcomes the US$4.5 billion of aid pledged to
Georgia and urges the Government of Georgia to account for this
aid in a transparent manner. It also urges the government to implement
an action plan for displaced persons from both the old conflicts
and the recent conflicts.
The committee calls for full support for the preparation of
a replacement mandate for the United Nations Observer Mission in
Georgia (UNOMIG) and a strengthening of the mandate and capacity
of the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) which needs to be
given access to South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The Committee of Ministers should examine how to contribute
to human rights protection in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, considering
a possible contribution to any UN or other international presence.
The committee calls on the Committee of Ministers to continue to
support human rights training for monitors.