Jan 17, 2007

Abkhazia: UN Calls for Peace Dialog

The UN Secretary General’s report urges both Georgia and Abkhazia to establish a dialog towards a lasting peace.

Below is an article published by the Journal of Turkish Weekly;

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon expressed concern with recent acts of violence in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone and called the Georgian and Abkhaz parties “for a dialog aimed at establishing peace in the region,” UN press center informs. 

The UN secretary-general in his report on the situation in Abkhazia submitted to the UN Security Council on January 11 and covering events of the last three months, touched upon facts of killings of three Abkhaz police officers in late December and killing of a Georgian policemen and wounding another one on January 5 during an attack on a check-point of the Georgian police. Ban Ki-Moon condemned the facts of violence and called upon the parties to work together to find and bring to account the criminals. He called both parties for a dialog to escape escalation on the site. At the same time, the UN secretary-general noted that it is impossible to come to final settlement, if there is no willingness from the two parties to find other forms of communication with each other through the way of talks. Ban Ki-Moon also said that attention of the parties was drawn to getting more active external support instead of understanding concerns of each other and seeking their political goals on the basis of mutual agreement.

The UN Security Council will have consultations on the secretary-general’s report on January 24.