09TBILISI1236, GEORGIA: ACTION REQUEST ON UN RESOLUTION 62/249

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09TBILISI1236 2009-07-06 14:08 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

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FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
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RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO PRIORITY 4039

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 001236 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/07/2019 
TAGS: PGOV PREF PHUM GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: ACTION REQUEST ON UN RESOLUTION 62/249 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1.  (U) This is an action request.  Please see paragraph . 
 
2. (SBU) Shalva Tsiskarashvili, Deputy Director of the MFA 
Office of International Organizations, asked poloff about 
UNGA resolution 62/249, Status of Internally Displaced 
Persons and Refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia, dated May 29 
2008.  The United States was one of 14 supporters of the 
resolution. According to 62/249, the Secretary General should 
submit a comprehensive report on the implementation of the 
resolution on the status of IDPs an Refugees from Abkhazia 
to the General Assembly during the 63rd sesion.  This session 
ends September 14 2009.  Tsiskarashvili said the GOG has 
inquired with UNHCR; approached Johan Verbeke, the UN 
Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the 
former UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG); and demarched 
the Human Rights offices in Geneva and New York asking about 
the status of the report.  Tsiskarashvili said none of the 
entities or individuals they have contacted are aware that 
work on the report is under way.  Tsiskarashvili said that 
Peter Nicolaus of UNHCR in Tbilisi told him that he has not 
been instructed to write such a report.  Tsiskarashvili said 
his concern is that if the report is not begun soon, Georgia 
may not have time to respond before the next General 
Assembly. 
 
3.  (SBU) Comment:  Resolution 62/249, passed prior to the 
August 2008 conflict, provides the Georgians with a unique 
and likely unreplicable opportunity to highlight humanitarian 
concerns in Abkhazia, as well as the fate of IDPs from the 
region.  If the proscribed report is not completed, Georgia 
will lose this opportunity to underline humanitarian 
concerns, as post-conflict, such a resolution would not 
likely make it out of the General Assembly. 
 
4. (U) Action request: Post requests that the Department 
confirm with the UN the status of its action on UNGA 
resolution 62/249. 
TEFFT

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