Ilia II: We must forgive each other
According to the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, Russian and Georgian Orthodox Churchs are currently doing everything possible to restore friendly relations between countries and to maintain relations between nations. As the "Georgia-News" reported, such position Georgian patriarch told in an interview to Russian radio station "Echo Moskvy".
"I want to appeal to the Russian population. You are believers and you are good people, you are wise men who have a great history and great culture. Rapprochement between Russia and Georgia took place on the basis of orthodoxy. This is unnatural that we have raised the sword against each other. So we must repent and forgive each others" - said the Patriarch.
"In Georgia there are many Russians now. When the war has occured, Russians had been coming to me and they asking, if we should get out of Georgia? I advised them not to do this - everything will calm down and everything will come in its own order. A large number of Georgians live in Russia, they feel good, except the case when deportation took place. This was also a mistake. But we do not remember it. I wish we were friends and brothers. We pray for you" - said Ilia II in a radio interview.
In addition, the head of the Georgian church expressed his view that they should develop relations between the two nations through diplomacy.