Põhja-Balti sõnavõtt Gruusia pagulaste ja sisepõgenike staatust käistelva resolutsioon vastuvõtmisel (inglise keeles)
I am honored to
speak on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic States - Denmark, Estonia, Finland,
Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.
This is the
sixth consecutive year action is taken on this resolution since its
introduction in the General Assembly. Unfortunately no substantial progress has
been made in the areas of security, human rights or in the humanitarian field
concerning the internally displaced persons and refugees from Abkhazia and the
Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia.
On the contrary, during the
last year the situation has deteriorated, creating additional impediments to
the rights of IDPs. We note with profound concern the threats and increasing activities by
Russian security forces to erect fences and other obstacles along
administrative boundary lines in Georgia between the territory administered by
the government in Tbilisi and the regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South
Ossetia. Such activities - which contravene Georgia's territorial integrity -
create significant hardship for residents on either side of the administrative
boundary lines and seriously challenge stability and security in these regions.
Resolution A/68 /L47 is humanitarian in nature and our
decision to support it and vote in favor stems from our strong and longstanding
commitment to fundamental humanitarian principles, including the right to
return, property rights and humanitarian access.
We believe the issue of IDPs requires continuing international attention
and only addressing it in an urgent manner would contribute to a conflict
international attention can have a significant impact to prevent similar
threats in the future in other nea rby
Ahead of the upcoming Geneva International Discussions scheduled on 17
and 18 June, we wish to call upon all the participants of these discussions to
work together towards sustainable security and humanitarian situation- related
We would also
like to take this opportunity to reiterate our firm support for the
sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally