Tbilisi, Georgia, March 19
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
The Georgian government should develop an action plan to complete the process of delimitation of borders. The new border management Strategy for 2014-2018 was approved by the government.
"Completion of demarcation and delimitation of the state border between Georgia and neighboring states is of great importance , since the delay in this process has a negative impact not only on the management of the state border , but also in the political, economic and social stability of the country and the region as a whole. In order to complete the demarcation and delimitation of the Georgian borders with Armenia, as well as Azerbaijan, for compliance with the fundamental interests of the state, the Georgian government should take effective measures for full implementation of border policy for the continuation of the process of demarcation and delimitation. The process of demarcation and delimitation of the Russian -Georgian border will continue after the de-occupation of Georgian territories," the Strategy said.
Furthermore, the document suggests the development of a new agreement on the border regime with Turkey.
Georgia agreed on 71 percent of the border with Azerbaijan and 66 percent with Armenia so far. As for Russia, 36 per cent of the common border was agreed with this country. However, after Russia`s recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali regions the agreement was canceled.
Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military. Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by C.N.