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Refugees from Abkhazia threaten protest actions

2009-03-18 15:55

0/2/4/2024.jpegGeorgians that fled from Abkhazia during the conflict in 1991 can join oppositional protests. President's promises to give them back their homes can be totally forgotten after the August events. That is why they ask: how long are we going to live in rented apartments on miserable allowances?


Refugees discussed all this at the congress that was held on the initiative of Our Abkhazia political association last weekend in Veriysky Park near the Basketball Palace with around 1500 participants. According to Interfax Georgian refugees from Abkhazia called on the authorities to solve their social problems. They threatened protest actions unless the authorities change their attitude towards them.

The first congress following the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict was organized in 1999. Why have the refugees been silent for so long putting up with no roof over their heads, beggarly allowances and minimum benefits? Did they really believe in the promises of the authorities? It's hard to answer these questions. The only thing is clear: the social problems of the refugees should have emerged one day.

Quite recently the authorities turned their attention to that. According to the problems of refugees were the topic of discussion at the meeting of the anti-crisis council on March 11. Minister of Refugees and Resettlement Koba Subeliani was invited to the Georgian parliament. Giya Tortladze, Chairman of the anti-crisis council expressed his discontent that the minister had never replied to letters the council had sent him. Koba Subeliani promised to examine all letters and answer them as soon as possible. The anti-crisis council members gave special priority to the quality of food received by the refugees, badly organized garbage disposal in places of their compact settlement, non-distribution of financial aid to refugees and other issues.

According to Irakli Sesiashvili, a military expert, the Georgian authorities became so involved in the social problems of refugees from Abkhazia only "to save their political interests", he told GHN agency. "The fact that the refugees from Abkhazia are likely to be allowed to own their temporary lodgings is partial acknowledgment that the return of the forcedly resettled people back home is postponed for quite a long time. It means the authorities recognize their mistakes committed towards refugees", - he stated.

It is noteworthy that the exact number of refugees from Abkhazia is still unknown. According to Georgian sources this is approximately 20-30 thousand people.

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