President of Georgia wants to simplify customs controls on borders with Azerbaijan and Armenia
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 27 /Trend, N.Kirtskhalia/
Georgia must try to simplify the movement through the border not only with Turkey, but also with other countries in the region - Armenia and Azerbaijan, Georgian President
Mikhail Saakashvili said at a meeting with the employees of the Finance Ministry.
He believes that the customs regime with these countries should be as regime operating with Turkey.
"We are facing a difficult negotiation, but I already have an agreement with the Armenian side. We must work with the Azerbaijani side to implement the integration of our systems to ensure that our citizens do not suffer and their movement and the movement of cargo is facilitated, which will strengthen economic development," Saakashvili said.
He noted the successes that have been achieved during border movements with Turkey. "On the one hand, we achieved what we do not need any line or barriers with Turkey. We must do like in Europe and other civilized countries. There must be a single checkpoint on the principle of "one window" and the cars have to travel without barriers," said the President of Georgia.
Saakashvili said that a similar principle of boundary movement is particularly urgent with Armenia and Azerbaijan.
At the same time, the President of Georgia expressed his dissatisfaction that Georgian customs officers often humiliate Georgian citizens and foreigners, checking their personal things and goods. He said that checking is done very rarely in other countries when there is reasonable suspicion. There is no necessity to use this method often.
"For example, the first group of Spanish tourists recently arrived in Georgia, but today I can tell you that they will no longer come to our country, as they have been inspected, and they could not understand it because it is offensive, and I want such pithecanthropus not to work as customs officers," he said.