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UN backs Georgia on return of refugees

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution on internally displaced persons and refugees from Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia. It spells out the necessity for a schedule of voluntary return of people to Abkhazia who fled hostilities in the e

The plan was drawn up by the Georgian delegation to the UN.

Abkhazia unilaterally declared its independence from Georgia in 1992, but the international community has not recognised it as a sovereign state.

The declaration of independence led to a full-scale military operation against Abkhazia by Tbilisi.

The conflict claimed thousands of lives, forcing more than 250 thousand ethnic Georgians leave their homes.