Identified remains of 11 victims of the 1992-1993 Abkhazia armed conflict, previously presumed lost, have been transferred to Tbilisi, the Reconciliation Ministry of Georgia denoted.
According to the Ministry, of the victims, 8 were soldiers while 3 were civilians. The memorial service for the transferred conflict victims will be held on 7 December from 17:00 and on 8 December from 11:00 to 14:00. Per the Ministry’s information, the soldiers will be buried with full military honors on 8 December at 15:00, at the Digomi Brothers’ Cemetary.
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili attended the funeral, telling journalists after, “we have returned the remains of 11 of our heroes to their families, their family members, and once again I want to express my condolences to them.” The PM also thanked the Red Cross for its “invaluable role” in the process.
Tea Akhvlediani, the Minister of Reconciliation, also attended the funeral and stated, “The armed conflicts of the ’90s and the 2008 Russia-Georgia war, together with ongoing challenges, killed many of our compatriots and heroes, and at the same time created a tragic history of more than 2,300 missing persons.”
She also noted that Georgia attaches “great importance” to the ongoing humanitarian program aimed at finding those who were lost during conflicts and supporting their families. “We will continue to implement this program with our untied efforts and the involvement of relevant agencies,” Minister Akhvlediani underscored.
Note: This article was updated on 8 December at 16:45 to reflect the statements made by Prime Minister Garibashvili and Minister Akhvlediani.