Tuesday, October 7, 2008

UN chief wants new look at UN Georgia mission

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. mission monitoring a cease-fire between Georgia and the separatist Abkhazia region should be extended for four months to explore whether to continue U.N. involvement following the Georgian-Russian war, the U.N. chief said Monday.

In a report to the U.N. Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the conflict that led to Russia's recognition of the independence of both breakaway areas had changed the context in which the U.N. has operated for the last 14 years.

The Black Sea province of Abkhazia has been independently run since 1993, when two years of fighting with Georgian troops ended with a U.N.-monitored cease-fire. Two-thirds of Abkhazia residents hold Russian passports, and along with South Ossetia it had sought independence or union with Russia.

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