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PACE calls for humanitarian access to South Ossetia and Abkhazia2009-01-29 11:44
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today urged both Russia and Georgia to allow unhindered and unconditional access for humanitarian organizations and aid to South Ossetia and Abkhazia, states the resolution on the consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia, adopted yesterday - ITAR TASS.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The Assembly recognizes "the generous response of Russia to the needs of the refugees from South Ossetia and the assistance provided to them on their return to South Ossetia" but deplores the fact that humanitarian access has fallen victim to political considerations by the parties to the conflict".
PACE is concerned at the route of humanitarian supplies, lying via Russia only and at provisions of the new Georgian Law on the Occupied Territories, which may restrict access and the delivery of humanitarian aid to all areas by humanitarian actors and may not be in line with, and may violate, relevant international obligations.
Besides, the Assembly urges both sides to guarantee the right for voluntary return for all refugees and release immediately all the captured, prisoners and hostages.
The Resolution insist on the necessity to grant access to South Ossetian border from both sides, including in the territories of former conflict areas, for OSCE monitors.