Subject: Fwd: Resignation of Repatriation Service Staff of Georgia


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Subject: Subject: Fwd: Resignation of Repatriation Service Staff of Georgia

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Fwd: Resignation of Repatriation Service Staff of Georgia


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----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Marat Baratashvili

Resignation of Repatriation Service Staff of Georgia

Information from the Georgian Union of Repatriants

As we learned, on 21 February 2001 employees of the Repatriation
Service of the Georgian Ministry on Refugees and Resettlement
submitted collective resignation letter to the President of Georgia.
In the letter, the following is said: 

"We are notifying you that the mentioned employees of the Repatriation
Service of the Ministry on Refugees and Resettlement declare
collective resignation. Main reasons for the resignation are as
follows:

1. Submission by the Minister Mr Valery Vashakidze of the
discriminatory draft law on the repatruation of the deported
Meskhetian population, which does not comply with the requirements of
the Council of Europe; 

2. Deliberate paralysing of the work of the Repatriation Service by
the Minister Mr Valery Vashakidze.

We suggest to consider the question about expediency of the existence
of the Repatriation Service within the framewrok of the  Ministry on
Refugees and Resettlement.

Head of Service      Guram Mamulia
Chief Specialist     Klara Baratashvili
Leading Specialist   Ismail Molidze
Specialist           Dzhemal Gelashvili"

On 23 February, 2001 also individual resignation letters of all
persons mentioned above were submitted to the Minister Mr Vashakidze. 

As of February 27, no reaction to this letter followed both from the
staff or chancellory of the President of Georgia, and from Minister Mr
Vashakidze. Georgina bureaucrats are in confusion. 

It should be reminded that the issue of the settlement of the problem
of the Meskhetian population deported from Georgia in 1944, is under
special monitoring of the Council of Europe. 27 April 2001 is a
deadline for Georgia to adopt a set of legal acts establishing the
legal basis for repatriation of the deported. 

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