Tsiklauri: Tbilisi is the center of one Caucasus
Nugzar Tsilklauri, the Georgian MP, claimed that Tbilisi's initiative on introduction of a visa-free regime is a consequence of Georgia's leading positions in Caucasus.
"From historical and cultural point of view, there is no North and South Caucasus. In this aspect, Caucasus has always been one, its center was Tbilisi. Georgia will surely restore the function of the regional leader and give a hand to north Caucasus," he said to Kavkaz Online.
Tsiklauri called opposition's statements on possible threats hypothetical. He's also sure Georgia can help residents of North Caucasian republics in human rights protection.
Yesterday Nino Kalandzdze, the deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia, announced Tbilisi's plans to grant residents of North Caucasian republics right for visa-free entrance to Georgia.
She highlighted the due document has already been prepared the president and would turn valid in about 2 weeks. "The due decision in introduced in the framework of liberalization of the government of Georgia and proceeding from continuation of traditional relations with North Caucasus peoples," she said and added it also means absence of any ethnic conflicts with Ossetians.
"We have no problems with Ossetians as an ethnos," Kalandadze added.
The project concerns residents of Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, North Ossetia [Alania], Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachai-Cherkess, Adygei. Now they would be able to stay in georgia without visa for 30 days.
Levan Vepkhvadze, the Vice-Speaker [opposition] demanded to summon the National Security Council. He specified that Daryal organisation in Vladikavkaz calls on Kazbegi region's joining North Ossetia. Vepkhvadze is afraid of a possible "crawling annexation" of the region due to uncontrollable flow of North Caucasus residents in Georgia.