Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili and MPs on Friday met local self-government officials and citizens to discuss the current circumstances and needs of the residents living in villages located near the occupation line separating central Georgia's Russian-occupied region of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) from the rest of the country.
In his social media post, Papuashvili said the officials got acquainted with the implemented and planned infrastructure projects and visited rehabilitated drinking and irrigation water systems, as well as the orchards planted within the framework of the state program.
MPs also visited a school in the village of Adzvi in Gori municipality and discussed future prospects with teachers, and welcomed the increase in number of students, with the officials pledging to expand the school building, which would include additional classrooms and a sports hall.
Papuashvili said they discussed the important role of the European Union Monitoring mission in the occupied regions with Marek Szczygieł, the Head of the EUMM.
Papuashvili also announced that Georgian citizens, who were illegally detained near the Russian-occupied village of Lopani, Zaza Megrelishvili and Tamaz Gogichashvili, had been released.
Gia Volski, the ruling party MP and the Vice Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, also made comments on the meeting and stressed the importance of stability in the country, adding there would be “no development without stability”. He also noted the trends in the region were “very encouraging” and highlighted that the population had increased in the villages, despite the difficult situation.