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UN General Assembly backed Georgian draft resolution on refugees

2009-09-10 10:59

On Wednesday the UN General Assembly supported a Georgia-proposed draft resolution on refugees - RIA Novosti.

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In particular, the draft stresses the need to work out a schedule of voluntary, secure and unhindered return of all displaced persons and refugees who suffered as a result of conflicts in Georgia to their homes. It also highlights the necessity to observe property rights of all the internally displaced persons and refugees aggrieved in conflicts in Georgia, and refrain from purchase of property by violating these rights.

48 delegations voted for the resolution, 19 - against, 78 abstained from voting. Delegations of Kamerun and Butan stated their votes were misinterpreted at the board: "for" instead of abstained.

Before the vote, Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN, proposed discontinuing the discussion and vote on the draft, but most members did not support his proposal.

"The Georgian draft has nothing to do with the high humanitarian goals and concerns its authors state," Churkin said, adding that Russia's proposal to amend the draft was not accepted.

He also mentioned the Russian delegation was the only one not provided with document's text.

Previously Andrey Nesterenko, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, called the project "counterproductive," saying that it ignored the post-war reality of the two new independent states in the Caucasus. "Tbilisi intentionally, considering only momentary profit, raises that old humanitarian aspect," he said.

 

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