Abkhazia: UN Reports Progress
Below is an article written by Ekaterina Basilaia published by The Messenger:
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General discussed on 24 January at the Security Council session the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1716 regarding the Abkhazia situation adopted in October 2006.
Ki-moon released his report covering the period between October 2006 and the first half of January 2007 on January 15. The report outlined
The report focused on developments in the Gali region, and highlighted the increasing tensions in resulting from measures undertaken by de facto Abkhaz officials. It called on both sides to refrain from provocations.
Ki-moon praised a number of successful initiatives in the Kodori Gorge, such as the significant decrease in the number of Georgian policemen stationed there [550 policemen in October down to 250 in December], and the destruction of weapons seized as a result of police operations in what is now known as Upper Abkhazia.
As expected, the Security Council did not adopt any resolutions during the session. According to State Minister for Conflict Resolution Merab Antadze, the report refers to the process of reconstruction and infrastructure improvement in
"The Council will also discuss the next resolution on Abkhazia, which will confirm that
On the eve of the Security Council session, de facto Abkhaz authorities appealed to the international community to invite them to UN headquarters in
"By using all the means of the economic and political blockade of Abkhazia, the Georgian government misreports the facts and thus creates a false understanding of the situation for the international community. A one-sided approach to the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict does not promote compromise and a peaceful resolution of the conflict," the statement reads.
The Security Council's rotating president, Russian envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin, said earlier that
In the meantime, during the discussion on the situation in the conflict zone, Ekaterine Zghuladze, Georgian Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, stressed that Georgian police troops in
According to Zghuladze, the special police operation carried out by
However, Zghuladze's statement has been condemned by de facto officials as "lacking constructiveness despite a positive tone," and aimed at misleading the international community by basing its assumptions on an alleged non-compliance of the Georgian side with the 2006 UN Security Council resolution.