POLITICS
We want to start reconciliation with our Abkhazian and Ossetian brothers - Gharibashvili
05 October, 2014
We want to start reconciliation with our Abkhazian and Ossetian brothers - Gharibashvili
We want to actually start the process of reconciliation with our Abkhazian and Ossetian brothers, the Prime Minister of Georgia told journalists while commenting on the initiative of the President of occupied Abkhazia Raul Khajimba to restrict movement on the administrative border and leave one checkpoint instead of six.
As the Prime Minister said the Georgian government, since it came to power, has had readiness and willingness to start the process of reconciliation with the Abkhaz and Ossetian brothers.
"I would like to say that our government, since it came to power, has shown willingness to actually start the reconciliation process with our Abkhazian and Ossetian brothers. What happened in the last two decades was a tragedy for us as well as for our Abkhaz and Ossetian brothers. I believe this was not a wise decision, it worsens the state of our citizens," said the PM.
He said the Georgian government is ready to be extremely open in order to speed up the process of reconciliation and to restore confidence between Georgians and Abkhazians as well as between Georgians and Ossetians.
"We are committed to providing any kind of humanitarian aid to our brothers. It is not accidental that it is precisely around this dividing line where we are building a multinational hospital and our Abkhaz and Ossetian brothers will be able to get treatment at that hospital, construction of which will be completed in two years. We are also building a shopping complex in order to make movement easier
and to restore relations between the peoples. This is my position. We are responding to them with more love and warmth. It will help to stop this process, while yesterday’s proposal worsens this process," said the Prime Minister.
As per Ria Novosti, Khajimba made a statement about his decision during an Abkhazian political council session. He promised that he will ‘’improve the border’’ with Georgia.
‘’Only one checkpoint should function along the Enguri river. All the other points should be closed,’’- Khajimba said.
At present six checkpoints function on the administrative border. One of them is central and five are additional. The five points additional were opened in May, 2013. Gali population can only cross by means of the so-called Abkhazian or former USSR passports.
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