MINELRES: RFE/RL on Meskhetian's problems: Georgia and Russia

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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 6, No. 218, Part I, 20 November 2002

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GEORGIA SEEKS TO DELAY REPATRIATION OF MESKHETIANS. Speaking in Tbilisi
on 19 November after meeting with visiting OSCE High Commissioner on
National Minorities Rolf Ekeus, Georgian Minister of State Avtandil
Djorbenadze appealed to the OSCE and the Council of Europe to extend the
2011 deadline for the return to southern Georgia of Meskhetians and
their descendants deported from the region by Joseph Stalin in 1944,
Caucasus Press reported. The repatriation was one of the conditions for
Georgia's admission to the Council of Europe. Djorbenadze said allowing
the Meskhetians to return before Georgia's territorial integrity has
been restored would create new problems for Georgia. LF

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RFE/RL (Un)Civil Societies
Vol. 3, No. 47, 20 November 2002

U.S. OFFICIALS STUDY PLIGHT OF MESKHETIAN TURKS. A delegation of six
U.S. officials responsible for refugee and population issues and a
representative from the Russian office of the International Organization
for Migration (IOM) traveled to Krasnodar Krai in October to investigate
the situation of the Meskhetian Turks, the Novorossiisk Human Rights
Committee reported in a press release on 11 November. The Meskhetians, a
Turkic Muslim minority people once relocated from Uzbekistan and other
parts of the former USSR, are suffering persecution at the hands of a
local governor who continues to refuse them citizenship and other basic
civil rights in defiance of the Russian Constitution, human rights
monitors say. Vadim Karastelyev, head of the local Novorossiisk Human
Rights Committee, says some 13,000 Meskhetians have been forced off
their land and denied social services due to lack of official
documentation, and face deportation. Russian media reports claiming an
agreement was already reached to grant the Meskhetians refugee status
and transport them to America are exaggerated, Karastelyev told
"(Un)Civil Societies," saying the U.S. delegation was merely studying
various options to handle the population in crisis. CAF
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