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Abkhazia and South Ossetia

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Rea Lord Rea Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are advising travellers not to visit Abkhazia and South Ossetia; and what reports they have received of any difficulties experienced by United Kingdom citizens visiting those countries.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We advise British citizens not to travel to the Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as we judge there to be continued humanitarian and security issues following the 2008 war between Georgia and Russia; and there is no UK diplomatic representation available in these Georgian breakaway regions, significantly limiting the Government's ability to assist travellers in emergency situations.

We have had no recent reports of any difficulties experienced by UK visitors to the regions. The advice, which is reviewed regularly, is based on the situation on the ground rather than specific cases.

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