Jul 09, 2012

Abkhazia: Officials Denounce Lack Of Consultation For Resolution

The MFA expresses its regret over the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the Resolution on the status of internally displaced persons and refugees, as it does not take into account the Abkhaz position. 

Below is an article published by Abkhaz World:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia expresses utmost regret over the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the Resolution on “Status of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, Georgia” on July 3, 2012.

We are confident that the adoption of any international political document, even if it is not legally binding, should thoroughly take into account the whole scope of facts and arguments of all the parties involved.

In this regard, we are perplexed by the fact that, yet again, Abkhaz representatives have not been invited to the UN to participate in the discussion of the project of the Resolution. This makes the document biased since it is based on the information provided by only one side of the conflict. The Abkhaz side has convincing arguments related to the issue reviewed by the Resolution. This information should be definitely taken into consideration during discussion and voting at the General Assembly.

We have to stress that in general, the Resolution does not correspond with the provisions of the Report of the UN Secretary General released on May 22, 2012. Unfortunately, the important positions described in that factually balanced report have not been reflected in the Resolution.

There is no doubt that those who drafted the Resolution pursued not only humanitarian goals. The adoption of this biased and one-sided document, which is demonstrated by its name, is nothing but an element of the Georgian political and propaganda activity. Unfortunately, some countries supported the Resolution by accident, not knowing that they were participating in a dirty political game.

We should especially note that the absolute majority of the world’s countries did not support the Resolution, and of course it significantly decreases the importance and political legitimacy of this document, which is just a recommendation by nature.

The MFA of Abkhaz states that the adoption by the UN General Assembly of this partial and one-sided Resolution may significantly complicate the process of the Geneva Discussions on the South Caucasus. It is not possible to solve the “refugee problem” or any other issue related to our state without taking into consideration the position of the Abkhaz side. Any Resolution adopted behind the back of Abkhazia cannot be considered as serious political document.