FM Zalkaliani: 'Georgia has solid arguments to discuss disputed area of David Gareji in framework of Georgia-Azerbaijani joint commission'

  • Since the collapse of the Soviet Union back in 1991, out of its four neighbouring states Georgia has agreed upon its borders only with Turkey. Only two-thirds of the state border has been agreed upon with Azerbaijan so far, which on several occasions triggered tension in David Greji last year. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 1 Oct 2020 - 16:21, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani said Georgia has come up with  solid arguments to talk about the disputed area of David Gareji monastery complex in the framework of the Georgia-Azerbaijan joint border commission.

Zalkaliani said that Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan had recently visited Georgia and all issues of bilateral relations including David Gareji and demarcation of the border with Azerbaijani had been discussed during the meeting.

I tried to be very precise in assessments so that the issue could not be used for political manipulations, since the issue is very sensitive due to the existing relations between Georgia and Azerbaijan…The Georgian side has obtained important and supplementary resources including cartography maps and expertise conclusions. Due to the new circumstances, certain questions may arise regarding the agreements of 2006-2007 years”, said Zalkaliani.

The Georgian Chief Prosecutor’s Office announced the launch of an investigation into the alleged unlawful giving of land to a foreign state. An official statement of the Prosecutor’s Office reads that ‘several sections of Georgia’s state border with Azerbaijan were agreed on improperly, against the interests of Georgia.

The Prosecutor’s Office says that an investigation has been launched according to information provided by the country’s Defence Ministry on August 17, 2020 referring to the activities of the Georgiann governmental commission working on the demarcation of the Georgian border with Azerbaijan.

On September 24, 2020 Zalkaliani said that new map materials found by Georgia may bring about changes to the Georgian-Azerbaijani 2006-2007 agreement on border issues which was made under the United National Movement government.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union back in 1991, out of its four neighbouring states Georgia has agreed upon its borders only with Turkey.

Only two-thirds of the state border has been agreed upon with Azerbaijan so far, which on several occasions triggered tension in David Greji last year.

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