Georgian-Abkhaz conflict discussed at multilateral meeting
Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept. 20 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Official Tbilisi called for to remove restrictions on citizens' movement through the administrative border with Abkhazia in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone at a traditional four-way meeting in Gali.
The Georgian delegation head, head of the information and analysis department under the Georgian Interior Ministry Shota Utiashvili told media that this issue was raised because of sharp restrictions on Gali residents' movement across the so-called Abkhaz border.
"They do not let people enter neighboring Zugdidi region, controlled by Tbilisi," he said. "People are deprived of opportunities to trade, as well as to undergo medical treatment in Zugdidi, having the best conditions. They can not visit their relatives through the Inguri River."
Utiashvili admitted that the Russian side did not react to the Georgian side's statement. The meeting does not aim at getting a specific result. "The situation is being discussed and the position is being fixed," he added.
The Georgian side also stressed the violations of human rights in the occupied territory, by pointing to a negative criminal situation in the Gali region.
Geneva discussions have been held since October 2008 on the basis of agreements reached after the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008 under a mediation of the EU, UN and OSCE.