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Resolution 1666

The situation in Georgia


S/RES/1666 (2006)
Security Council Distr.: General
31 March 2006
06-29333 (E)
Resolution 1666 (2006)
Adopted by the Security Council at its 5405th meeting, on
31 March 2006
The Security Council,
Recalling all its relevant resolutions, in particular resolution 1615 of 29 July
2005 (S/RES/1615),
Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General of 17 March 2006,
Supporting the sustained efforts of the Secretary-General and of his Special
Representative with the assistance of the Russian Federation in its capacity as
facilitator, as well as of the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General and of the
Stressing the importance of close and effective cooperation between UNOMIG
and the CIS peacekeeping force as they currently play an important stabilizing role
in the conflict zone, and recalling that a lasting and comprehensive settlement of the
conflict will require appropriate security guarantees,
1. Reaffirms the commitment of all Member States to the sovereignty,
independence and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally
recognized borders, and supports all efforts by the United Nations and the Group of
Friends of the Secretary-General which are guided by their determination to
promote a settlement of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict only by peaceful means and
within the framework of the Security Council resolutions;
2. Recalls, with a view to achieving a lasting and comprehensive settlement,
its support for the principles contained in the “Paper on Basic Principles for the
Distribution of Competencies between Tbilisi and Sukhumi” and welcomes
additional ideas that the sides would be willing to offer with a view to conducting
creatively and constructively a political dialogue under the aegis of the United
3. Calls on the two sides to make full use of all existing mechanisms as
described in the relevant Security Council resolutions in order to come to a peaceful
settlement, and to comply fully with previous agreements and understandings
regarding ceasefire, non-use of violence and confidence-building measures;
4. Urges both parties to finalize without delay the package of documents on
the non-use of violence and on the return of refugees and internally displaced
S/RES/1666 (2006)
persons for the Gali district and to undertake necessary steps to secure the
protection and dignity of the civilian population including the returnees;
5. Calls on both parties to follow up on their expressed readiness for a
meeting of their highest authorities without preconditions;
6. Urges the Georgian side to address seriously legitimate Abkhaz security
concerns, to avoid steps which could be seen as threatening and to refrain from
militant rhetoric;
7. Urges the Abkhaz leadership to address seriously the need for a dignified
return of IDPs and refugees, including their security and human rights concerns,
publicly reassure the local population, particularly in the Gali district, that their
residency rights and identity will be respected, and move without delay on
implementing past commitments relating to United Nations police advisers, a United
Nations human rights sub-office and the language of instruction;
8. Underlines that it is the primary responsibility of both sides to provide
appropriate security and to ensure the freedom of movement of UNOMIG, the CIS
peacekeeping force and other international personnel and calls on both sides to fulfil
their obligations in this regard;
9. Supports all efforts by the Georgian and Abkhaz sides to engage
constructively in economic cooperation as envisaged in the Geneva meetings and
complemented by the working groups established in Sotchi in March 2003,
including, security conditions permitting, the rehabilitation of infrastructure, and
welcomes the intention expressed by Germany to host a meeting on economic
cooperation and confidence-building measures, pending progress in the conflict
resolution process;
10. Welcomes the efforts being undertaken by UNOMIG to implement the
Secretary-General’s zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and to
ensure full compliance of its personnel with the United Nations code of conduct,
requests the Secretary-General to continue to take all necessary action in this regard
and to keep the Security Council informed, and urges troop-contributing countries to
take appropriate preventive action including the conduct of predeployment
awareness training, and to take disciplinary action and other action to ensure full
accountability in cases of such conduct involving their personnel;
11. Decides to extend the mandate of UNOMIG for a new period terminating
on 15 October 2006, subject to a review, as appropriate, of its mandate by the
Council in the event of changes in security conditions, including changes in the
mandate of the CIS peacekeeping force;
12. Requests the Secretary-General to continue to keep the Council regularly
informed and to report three months from the date of the adoption of this resolution
on the situation in Abkhazia, Georgia, in particular on progress in negotiations on
the documents on the non-use of violence and the return of refugees and IDPs;
13. Strongly supports the efforts of the Special Representative of the
Secretary-General and calls on the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General to
continue giving her their steadfast and unified support;
14. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

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