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Ban Ki-moon ordered to curtail UN mission in Georgia and Abkhazia2009-06-17 10:35
Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General ordered to stop activities of the UN mission in the region of Georgia and Abkhazia starting with June 16th. He said he instructed his special representative, Johan Verbeke on the steps to take - ITAR TASS.gt-en-newsitem-inside
At the UNSC sitting on June 15th Russia set a veto on the draft resolution on technical prolongation of the mandate. 10 countries voted for prolongation, four [China, Vietnam, Libya and Uganda] abstained from voting, Russia has the right for veto, and voted contra. The main dispute was connected with the allusions to the previous UNSC resolutions. Resolution 1808 was adopted before the events of August 2008. Moscow and Sokhumi are against such allusions, Tbilisi and countries supporting Georgia insist on their preservation.
Ban Ki-moon hopes peace and stability in the region can be kept even without the mission. According to Marie Okabe, the Secretary General's representative, Edmond Mulet, Ban Ki-moon's deputy for peacekeeping operations, will visit the region in the course of preparation for mission curtailment.
The UN mission in Caucasus includes: 136 military observers, 20 UN policemen, 115 international and 210 local employees. According to Okabe, the budget of curtailment is being discussed in the Fifth Committee of the UN General Assembly.