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Turkey wants Georgia to return detained ships2010-02-11 14:58
Turkey demands from Georgia the release of the five Turkish vessels, detained for violation of navigation rules.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The issue was at the meeting of Georgian and Turkish Speakers [David Bakradze and Mehmet Ali Şahin respectively]. According to the Şahin, Ankara expects the vessels to be released in the nearest future. Bakradze responded that the Georgian side is ready to "find an admissible way out of the situation."
Some time ago several vessels were detained by Georgian coast guard, confiscated and sold at auctions. It's not clear whether Turkey will insist on its claims in these cases.
Georgian laws claim shore and ports of Abkhazia prohibited for international navigation. In 2009 several Turkish ships carrying cargoes to Abkhazia, were detained; some were fined and released, some [like BUKET and Densa Demet] were confiscated.
Yet previously Turkish cargoes [in particular, fuel] had been repeatedly delivered to Abkhazia despite the position of Georgian government.