Georgian FM: Georgian-Azerbaijani demarcation talks continue (UPDATE)
Georgia, Tbilisi, Dec. 27 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
The demarcation agreement with Azerbaijan will not be achieved at the expense of state interests of Georgia, Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said at the final press conference of the year today.
Talks with Azerbaijan on the border demarcation have not completed, because an agreement has not been reached on certain issues, he said.
"The two countries' experts and diplomats regularly hold meetings within the intergovernmental commission, which is headed by my deputy David Jalagania from the Georgian side. This process will end when both sides agree," Vashadze said.
According to the minister, many writes about this issue, and he advised to be more attentive to this "delicate issue". "But I want to stress that the talks will not take place at the expense of national interests," Vashadze said.
Georgia borders with seven districts of Azerbaijan - Gazakh, Agstafa, Tovuz, Samukh, Gakh, Balakan and Zagatala - over 480 kilometers. So far the sides have agreed 65 percent of the state border line.
The solution of the question of delimitation and demarcation of the Georgian-Azerbaijani border is delayed by the fate of one of the attractions of the South Caucasus - the monastery complex David Gareji. The David Gareji monastery is situated in 60 km south-east of Tbilisi. The main monastery is considered the lavra of Holy David, which is located on the northern slope of the mountains separating Georgia and Azerbaijan.
In July, Baku hosted consultations at the level of deputy foreign ministers of Azerbaijan
Khalaf Khalafov and Georgia David Jalagania, who are the heads of state commissions on the delimitation and demarcation of the Azerbaijani-Georgian border. After consultations, the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan told about the progress in the coordination of the border line and agreement to hold a joint meeting of the state commission.