UN-European Commission Joint Rehabilitation Program for Abkhazia
A joint rehabilitation program by the UN observers’ mission, the European Commission and the UNDP will be implemented in the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict zone. The corresponding agreement was reached at the first session of the stirring committee for Rehabilitation Program in Sokhumi on Tuesday. The joint program is to be lavished by the European commission and will be implemented by the UN observers’ mission and the UNDP.
The two-staged program will be implemented for two or three years. The first stage of the program is said to take proximate USD 1 ml. The first stage provides for better housing conditions for the population of the conflict zone, restoration of the essential accommodation services, like electricity supply, healthcare, sewerage system and facilitation of agriculture.
The program will also promote restoration of trust between
the conflicting parties, better safeguards and stability in the region.
The above-mentioned session matched start of the first stage implementation. It provides for restoration works in Abkhazian controlled Gali, Ochamchire and Tkhvarcheli and Georgian controlled Zugdidi districts of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict zone.
The conflicting Georgian and Abkhazian parties agreed to actively cooperate for implementation of the rehabilitation program and guaranteed safeguards.
Heidi Taliavin, UN secretary general’s special representative to Georgia, Torben Holts, head of the European Commission delegation and Robert Watkins, UNDP resident ambassador attended the session. The officials from Georgia, breakaway Abkhazia and UN secretary general’s friend countries were also taking part in it.