Tbilisi calls for free movement of citizens across the border with Abkhazia
At the traditional four-sided meeting in Gali, which takes place today, official Tbilisi has demanded to lift the restrictions on the movement of citizens in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone and across the administrative border with Abkhazia. As reported by Trend, leader of the Georgian delegation at the talks, the head of the department of information and analysis of the Georgian Interior Ministry Shota Utiashvili told this to journalists after the meeting. He explained that this issue was raised because of sharp restrictions on the movement of residents of Gali through the Abkhazian border.
According to Utiashvili, the Russian side has not responded to the statement by the Georgian side, however, the purpose of the talks was not a certain result but the discussion itself. "Here we discuss this and all the positions are fixed; we'll see how will they respond to our concerns" - said the representative of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
At a meeting in Geli, representatives of the Georgian delegation have traditionally said about violations of human rights at the "occupied" territory and about negative criminal situation in the Gali district as a whole.
Recall, the agreement about such periodic meetings in Gali district within the framework of a mechanism to prevent incidents in the Abkhaz conflict zone was reached at the 6th round of Geneva talks on July 1, 2009.