Tbilisi: A two-day ceremony to perform the last rites of missing people was held recently. The ceremony took place at Trinity Cathedral. It was a kind of civil funeral which was held for the twenty missing people.
It is to be specifically mentioned that this was a joint effort by the State minister’s office as well as the international committee of the Red Cross. These peole were supposed to have been displaced from the occupied region of the Abkhazia.
These twenty people belong to those who went missing during the 1990s armed conflict. The dignitaries who were present to honour the dead included Tea Akhvlediani, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili and many other members of the Georgian government.
It is worth mentioning that five fighters were buried with full state military honour at the graveyard of the Dighomi brothers. The rest of the bodies of missed persons were buried at the desired places as per the demand of their family members.
Notably, the first identification of the missing person was carried out successfully in 2013. Many fighters also went missing during the armed operation of 1990. Moreover, so far, with the effort of all the concerned departments, approximately six hundred-four people have been found, and out of these people, almost two sixty five have been identified.
Relatives of the dead were carrying candles in the memories of their beloved ones. Some of them were also holding portraits of the lost members. The priest held the prayer for the peace of departed souls before their bodies were buried in the graveyard.
The coffins of the dead were covered with the national flags of the Georgia. The Prime Minister and State Minister expressed their deep condolences to the family members of the missing persons.
Army bands also paid tributes to the martyrs. Armed officials laid wreaths on the bodies of missing people as well.