23.01.2013 - The urgent humanitarian needs following the conflict between
Georgia and Russia in 2008 have been dealt with, but there are still significant
long-term humanitarian challenges which cannot be solved as long as "people's
lives are becoming trumped by politics", PACE said today.
According to the
adopted text, based on a report by Tina Acketoft (Sweden, ALDE), with the
exception of limited returns of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to the Gali
and Akhalgori regions, the prospects for the return of displaced persons are
dim. This means that durable housing solutions and the provision of livelihoods
for displaced persons will continue to be a challenge for the Georgian
According to the Assembly, the daily lives of persons affected by the
conflict could be improved by taking small steps, such as allowing freer access
across the administrative boundary line or increasing dialogue at all levels
(students, civil society, political level) to tackle ingrained distrust.
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