Georgia Opens Bridge to Azerbaijan in Georgian Samtatskaro Village
Georgia, Tbilisi/ Trend corr. N.Kirtskhalia / The bridge in the Samtatskaro village which connects Georgia with Azerbaijan was opened. The Centre on Human Rights reported to the Trend agency referring to local ingiloids the governor of tKakhetia region Giya Natsvlishvili ordered to open the bridge which connect two countries as a result of protest action held on 19 December.
The bridge was closed by the Georgian Authorities on 31 December 2005. Fore recent two years residents of Samtackaro village demanded explanation the reason for closing the bridge. A range of protest actions were staged due to the issue.
In April 2007 ingiloids appealed with assistance of lawyers of the Centre on Human Rights appealed to the Administrative Body of Tbilisi demanding opening of the bridge. Nine months passed since then and no resolution has been taken by court on the issue yet.
"On 19 December ingiloids staged a rally which was dispersed by police," a source stated in the Centre on Human Rights.
Residents of Samtackaro village can visit their relatives in the Saingilo village on the territory of Azerbaijan after opening of the bridge.
Ingiloids planned to boycott the upcoming presidential election if their demand not to be implemented.