Identified remains of 13 victims of the 1992-1993 Abkhazia armed conflict, previously presumed lost, have been transferred to Tbilisi, the Reconciliation Ministry of Georgia stated on April 23.
The memorial service for the transferred conflict victims was held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, where citizens, also President Salome Zurabishvili, PM Irakli Garibashvili, Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze, FM David Zalkaliani, Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri, and Reconciliation Minister Tea Akhvlediani arrived to pay respects. The funeral services are to be held today.
The Reconciliation Ministry, charged with overseeing Russian-occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia affairs, said the remains are that of civilians and fighters in the conflict, four of which will be buried at the Digomi Brothers’ Cemetary.
The transfer from Abkhazia was facilitated by the Ministry in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross under a coordination mechanism established in 2010 with the latter’s support for identifying the persons gone missing in Georgia’s armed conflicts.
According to Reconciliation Ministry data, through the coordination mechanism remains of 583 victims of the armed conflicts in the 1990s and the 2008 Russo-Georgian wars have been found so far, with 206 of them identified.