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Right Of Return Of Displaced To Abkhazia, Georgia

General Assembly recognizes right of return of displaced to Abkhazia, Georgia

15 May 2008 - The General Assembly today adopted a resolution in which it recognized the right of return of all refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), regardless of their ethnicity, to Abkhazia, Georgia.

With 14 votes in favour, 11 against and 105 abstentions, the Assembly adopted a Georgian-sponsored text that recognizes the right of return for IDPs and refugees and also their descendants.

The resolution stresses the importance of preserving the property rights of the refugees and IDPs and underlines the urgent need for a timetable to ensure the prompt voluntary return of all refugees and IDPs.

Assembly members also requested that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submit a comprehensive report at the Assembly's next session on the implementation of today's resolution.

ENDS

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