1. The Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population
welcomes the report of the Monitoring Committee on the war between
Georgia and Russia: one year after.
2. The report presents a timely overview of the progress made
in dealing with the consequences of the war between Georgia and
Russia over the last year. The committee regrets the lack of progress
that has been made on the humanitarian front over the last year.
Notwithstanding that many persons were able to return to their homes
in the so called “buffer zone” and that large amounts of aid have
been promised for those affected by the conflict, including internally
displaced persons and refugees, many of the humanitarian issues
are currently in a state of stalemate.
3. The committee deplores that access, including humanitarian
access across the administrative boundary has become increasingly
complex for the local population and for international organisations.
Human rights monitoring and international presence in the conflict
region has all but disappeared with the closure of the OSCE Office
in Georgia and the United Nations Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), security
still remains an important issue with shootings, booby traps, unexploded
remnants of war, kidnappings and reports of violence and threatening
behaviour being regularly reported. There has been no progress on
the return of ethnic Georgians to the regions of South Ossetia and
Abkhazia or to the occupied territories of Akhalgori, Perevi and Upper
Khodori Valley. Many ethnic Georgians have continued to leave these
areas due to security fears, forced passportisation, problems over
mother tongue education, fears of conscription and difficulties
in maintaining links across the administrative boundary line (for
family reasons, economic reasons, medical reasons, etc.).