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Georgian FM confident agreement will be reached with Azerbaijan on border demarcation

Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani stated earlier today that Azerbaijan ‘has been and will remain a strategic ally and a friend of Georgia’.

Neither the launching of the investigation… not the fair process of finding solutions, within which we will try to review the preliminary agreements related to the demarcation of the border, will damage our bilateral relations”, he said.

FM Zalkaliani also noted in his remarks that he had a ‘detailed’ discussion with his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov in Tbilisi in late September about the border demarcation process and both agreed to find a solution that would be beneficial for their respective countries.

Zalkaliani said they will now try to revise the preliminary border demarcation agreements, however, he said Georgia ‘neither has, nor can have any claims’ against Azerbaijan and its political leadership.

I want to get this message across very clearly, because every responsible and patriotic government does its utmost to uphold the interests of its own country and it is absolutely normal”,  FM Zalkaliani said.

Georgian Chief Prosecutor’s Office launched investigation on August 17, 2020 into the alleged unlawful giving of land to a foreign state. As a result two former members of a state commission that worked on demarcation of a border between Georgia and Azerbaijan have been detained. 

Prosecution claims the two hid an original map issued in 1937-38 and instead used other maps based on which the border sections between the two countries were agreed ‘against the interests of Georgia and history’.

Meanwhile today civic activists and opposition politicians gathered in front of the Prosecutor’s Office in Tbilisi to protest the detention of two former members of a state commission the detention of Iveri Melashvili and Natalia Ilichova is politically motivated. 

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