The FINANCIAL — Georgia’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Kakha Imnadze has participated in the United Nations Security Council open debate on “Collective Action to Improve UN Peacekeeping Operations’ – Supporting greater impact and performance in today’s complex and high-risk environments”.
Kakha Imnadze paid special attention to the difficult situation in Georgia’s occupied territories and the murder of Archil Tatunashvili, according to MFA of Georgia.
“The Russian occupation has turned Georgia’s Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions into territories, where murder and torture are unaccounted for, as just recently witnessed by the brutal death of Georgian IDP/civilian Archil Tatunashvili” – Kakha Imnadze said.
According to him While Georgia never enjoyed a peacekeeping operation with a full-fledged mandate, the UNOMIG – United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia played a crucial role in achieving security from 1993. In 2009 the UNOMIG was discontinued due to the veto casted by the Permanent Member of this Council, thereby creating very dangerous precedent in the UN history.
The Permanent Representative said that the forceful termination of the UNOMIG mandate, preceded by the cessation of the OSCE mission, created a total vacuum of international presence in the occupied regions of Georgia and turned them into the black holes for human rights and “one of the most inaccessible places on earth”.
According to Kakha Imnadze, this situation speaks to an urgent need for creating international security arrangements on the ground, as provided by the EU mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement between the Russian Federation and Georgia.
“The progress or even a meaningful discussion on this issue remains elusive, whereas in this Council we face the reality that the primacy of politics does not allow for the creation of much needed peacekeeping mandates in the conflict affected territories, where the host country is deprived of its ability to exercise the jurisdiction” – Kakha Imnadze said.