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Experts positively assessed results of Saakashvili’s visit to Yerevan2009-07-01 16:28
Georgian and Armenian experts, Tbilisi-Yerevan video bridge participants, positively assessed the visit of Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili to Yerevan, held last week.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The video bridge organized by RIA Novosti, connected two press centers in the two capitals.
"The visit confirmed the good-neighborly relations between Armenia and Georgia , though problems between the two countries exist," political scientist Giya Nodia said.
Karen Bekaryan, the European Integration organization head, and Sergei Minsyan, the deputy head of the Institute of Caucasus, said meeting at the top level are necessary to solve problems.
Van Baiburt, the advisor to the President of Georgia, called Saakashvili's visit "successful" and stressed the improvement of economic and social conditions in Samtskhe-Javakheti region [the resident place of Armenians] in recent years. He said I the recent 5 years the budget of Akhalkalaki has increased from GEL 600 000 to GEL 8 mln in recent years; 64 Armenian schools are working in the region.
At the present moment the region faces problems with self-governance: the same like in other Georgian regions: Telavi (Kakhetia), Lanchkhuti (Guria) and others, the advisor said.
Experts from both sides noted the importance of opening Verkhniy Lars checkpoint at the Georgian-Russian border.