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Information on statement by Ms. Inga Kanchaveli, Counsellor of Georgian Mission to UN, at plenary meeting of GA under agenda item 96 “Strengthening of coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of UN, including special economic assistance”

On 8 December 2016, Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations, Ms. Inga Kanchaveli made a statement during the General Assembly plenary meeting under agenda item 96 “Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance”.

 The representative of Georgia welcomed the adoption of the Humanitarian Omnibus resolution, which maintains focus on the most pressing issues concerning the Humanitarian situation around the globe including forced displacement, protection of civilians, medical personnel and facilities, and etc. According to her, millions of people have been forced to abandon their homes and to flee in search of safety due to the conflicts, man-made or natural disasters. To echo the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Kanchaveli underlined that delivering better for people in need inter alia encompasses strengthening the respect for international law, ensuring humanitarian access and Protecting humanitarian and health-care personnel.

 Ms. Kanchaveli underlined the position of Georgia on humanitarian issues that political impasse or paralysis should not hinder humanitarian action. In this regard, the representative of Georgia emphasized the importance of Humanitarian access, while recognizing that the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence constitute the central part in establishing and maintaining access to the victims and should be respected by all actors. Georgian delegation raised the concern regarding the lack of access in different parts of the world during the negotiations on the text of the Humanitarian Omnibus resolution and together with the other delegations was advocating to strengthen the call for it.

 In her statement Ms. Kanchaveli stressed that for years, 20% of Georgia’s sovereign territory remain inaccessible to international monitoring missions, including the office of the OHCHR or other human rights mechanisms, due to the illegal military occupation. Denial of access raises the legitimate questions as expressed by the OHCHR regarding blocking access to international observers. Furthermore, Ms. Kanchaveli pointed out that hundreds of thousands of victims of ethnic cleansing – refugees and internally displaced persons - are unable to return to places of habitual residence, while those residing inside the occupied regions continue to be deprived of fundamental rights and freedoms, including but not limited to the right to free movement, education in native language, and others.

 Ms. Kanchaveli also drew the attention of the international audience, that during emergencies, delivery of humanitarian assistance and health care to those in need should be the priority. However, she also stressed the importance of supporting the rights to safe and voluntary return to manage forced displacement with effectiveness and efficiency.

 In conclusion, the representative of Georgia underlined that international community should focus on more effective protection of humanitarian principles and do more to assist the most vulnerable groups of population, first and foremost, those affected by armed conflict, or post-conflict situations and reduce the vulnerability of people to natural disasters.







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