On October 9, 2001, at 5:10am, unidentified combat helicopters appeared from the direction
of the village of Sakeni, flew over the village of Omarishara and bombed the Kodori Gorge
(area of the villages of Lata and Chkhalta).

The same day, at approximately 6:00am, four SU-25 jets flew over the village of Sakeni, car-
ried out a massive bomb attack on the nearby barns and other summer utilities of the village
and proceeded to the direction of the Russian Federation. Several bombs were also dropped 2
kilometers away from the village of Omarishara. The damage assessment team has been dis-
patched to the region.

The violation of the airspace of Georgia and the bomb attack on its territory is viewed by the
Georgian Government as an infringement on its sovereignty and an attempt by some forces to
subvert the process of the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia.
The Government of Georgia deems it necessary to remind the international community that
the bomb attacks against Georgia have repeatedly taken place in the past as well, but regretta-
bly, in spite of the protests expressed by Georgia, these facts were dismissed without appro-
priate reaction.

It is not a mere coincidence that these actions are being carried out at the time of intense and
spurious anti-Georgian propagandist campaign launched by the mass media of the Russian

There is no doubt that Georgia is facing a large-scale and a well-planned provocation. If this
provocation is not curbed immediately, it may well grow into the aggression aimed against the
Georgian State.

Georgia calls on the Russian Federation to conduct a thorough investigation with a view to
ascertaining the movement of the military aircraft in the airspace of the Russian Federation
which carried out attacks on the Georgian territory and also demands that the Russian side
prevent the use of its airspace by the Abkhaz separatists.
Georgia expresses its readiness to cooperate with any international commission whatsoever
which would investigate the latest developments in Abkhazia, Georgia, including the tragic
crash of the helicopter of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) in
Abkhazia (Georgia).

The Georgian Government expresses its resentment and protest at the above mentioned inci-
dent and appeals to the international community, United Nations and OSCE to take all neces-
sary measures to firmly condemn such provocative actions in order to prevent the further de-
terioration of the situation in Georgia.