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Conciliation Resources

International Development written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Labour, Rotherham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect on the work undertaken by Conciliation Resources in Abkhazia of Russia recognising Abkhazia as an independent state; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

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Conciliation Resources has been working in Georgia since the mid 1990s. It continues to work on projects which are designed to improve the prospects for peace by connecting people across the conflict divide, challenging existing prejudices, and working to tackle the root causes of the conflict. These projects are consistent with the work of the internationally mediated Geneva Talks process. The work undertaken by Conciliation Resources in Abkhazia, Georgia promotes conflict resolution between Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia and in our assessment has had no bearing on Russia's decision to recognise Abkhazia as an independent state. The UK fully supports Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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