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Georgians and Abkhazis meet to clarify fate of people missing in connection with 1992-1993 armed conflict

15-12-2011 News Release 11/262

Geneva (ICRC) – Abkhaz and Georgian participants in a coordination mechanism set up to clarify what happened to people unaccounted for in connection with the 1992-1993 armed conflict met on 13 December in Zugdidi, western Georgia, under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

"There are clear signs that the participants are seeking to achieve progress and looking for workable solutions," said Megan Bassendale, an ICRC forensic adviser who attended the meeting.

It was the third meeting of the coordination mechanism, which was established in Kiev in December 2010 under the aegis of the ICRC. A joint working group set up at the beginning of 2011 within the mechanism has started working and meets regularly.

The ICRC welcomes the participants' determination to account for people who went missing as a result of the 1992-1993 armed conflict and calls on them to do everything in their power to provide the families with information. Under international humanitarian law, families have the right to know what has happened to missing relatives.

The ICRC, which convened the meeting, is serving as a neutral intermediary in accordance with its mandate under the Geneva Conventions.

For further information, please contact:
Vassily Fadeev, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 34 53 or +41 79 536 92 48
Maia Kardava, ICRC Tbilisi, tel: +995 91 600 685
Boris Kazanba, ICRC Sukhumi/Sukhum, tel: +79409215373