The UN has extended its current observer mission in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia. All 15 Security Council members, including Russia, passed a resolution on Friday, prolonging the existing mandate of 150 observers for an extra 4 months. Last year Abkazia cut off all diplomatic ties with Georgia.
It’s hoped the resolution will give Russia and Georgia more time to resolve issues on security and refugees in Abkazia, following their brief but bloody conflict in South Ossetia last August. After the war, the Kremlin recognised the independence of both breakaway states, a step condemned by the EU and US.