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A rendezvous in U.S. is more important than Tbilisian refugees

2010-08-27 15:19

6761.jpegIn the context of Tbilisian refugees' mass protests, State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration Temuri Yakobashvili paid an official visit to US to present the plan of actions on realizing the Georgian Strategy of Involvement in respect of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to UN and discuss the problems of the forcibly displaced persons. GeorgiaTimes tried to find out from Deputy Director of CIS Countries Institute Vladimir Zharikhin how UN can help Georgian refugees and whether it wants to help them.


UN, European Union and the US State Department have expressed their support of the Georgian Strategy of Involvement, so it won't be a problem for Yakobashvili to make a presentation of the plan of its realization. Besides, in the context of the visit, the state minister will have the chance to once again present the regional situation in the necessary light in advance of the UN General Assembly session, where the Georgian president is expected to make a speech, by the way.

However, it would be a daring step to discuss the refugees' problems right now, for they are holding mass protests in Tbilisi these days. Those who are dissatisfied with the Georgian government's policy are ready to stitch up their mouths, embark on hunger strikes and get in prison in order to get the truth about their powerless situation across to the world community.

Neither was Yakobashvili embarrassed by the fact that two days earlier, the UN Supreme Commissariat for Refugees expressed its regret in connection with the situation in Georgia, having rebuked the Georgian authorities that the process lacks the relevant transparency and information distribution among refugees.

The Amnesty International human rights organization also mentioned in its recent report that Georgia takes time to solve the problems of the forcibly displaced persons. The organization pointed out that they take no part in governing the country; they are not provided with due dwelling and job and have no opportunity to receive proper education and medical service.

However, for Georgian leaders, the political effect of the visit is most important, as usual. They obviously hope that the organization will diplomatically avoid the unpleasant points. The more so, as UN is presently preparing another document, a resolution on bringing the forced migrants back to Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which is planned to be adopted in September.

We asked Vladimir Zharikhin, Deputy Director for CIS Countries Institute to comment upon the trip:

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