OF THE TWELFTH SESSION OF THE COORDINATING COUNCIL OF THE GEORGIAN AND ABKHAZ
The Twelfth Session of the Coordinating Council,
established on the basis of the Concluding Statement on the outcome of the
Geneva Meeting of the Georgian and Abkhaz sides held from 17 to 19 November
1997 took place on 23 January 2001 under the auspices of the United nations and
the chairmanship of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the
United Nations, Mr. Dieter Boden, with the participation of representatives of
the Russian Federation in its capacity as facilitator, the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the States comprising the Group
of Friends of the Secretary-General - France, Germany, the Russian Federation,
the United Kingdom and the United States of America - as observers.
The Georgian side was represented by a delegation
headed by Mr. Giorgi Arsenishvili.
The Abkhaz side was represented by a delegation
headed by Mr. Vyacheslav Tsugba.
The agenda included the following items:
1. Issues relating to the constant non- resumption
of hostilities and to security problems, in particular the outcome of the
meeting of Working Group 1 on
2. Refugees and internally displaces persons, in
particular the outcome of the meeting of Working Group 3 on
3. Economic and social problems.
4. Other matters, including a discussion on
preparation for the third meeting on confidence building, to be held in
Opening the session, the Special Representative of
the Secretary-General thanked the parties for their contribution to advancing
the peace process, but noted that an even more active approach to the
resolution of outstanding problems would need to be adopted, in particular with
regard of recent incidents in Gali district, violation of the Moscow Agreement
on a Ceasefire and Separation of Forces in November and December of 2000 and
the taking hostage in December 2000 of a number of the UN military
observers. The Sspecial Representative
of the Secretary General called upon the sides to take the opportunity of the
The representatives of the sides made statements. Representatives of the
The Council adopted
the following decisions:
To instruct the sides to consider proposals concerning the borders of the
restricted-weapon zone and to submit their observations in writing within a
week to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United
To instruct Working Group 1 to resume works on the statement made at its sixth
session and submit its proposals to the Coordinating Council.
To endorse the proposals submitted by Working Group 3 and instruct it to
continue its search for funding the joint projects in the economic field.
To allow the sides to begin reburying the dead from the grave near the
To consider the proposal by the Government of Ukraine to hold a third meeting
on confidence-building in Yalta on 15 and 16 march 2001 and to deliver a
written reply to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the
United Nations before 31 January 2001.
To convene the thirteenth session of the Coordinating Council no later than
(Archive of the Staff of the State Minister of