Deputy FM says Georgian-Azerbaijani border commission agrees on expert visits

It’s important to refrain from steps that might create a perception that the status quo is being changed in any form,- Deputy Foreign Minister Lasha Darsalia said on May 25, while commenting on the meeting of the Georgian-Azerbaijani commissions on the border delimitation between the two countries.

Darsalia, who chaired the Georgian delegation in the commission, told reporters that the road construction works near David Gareji Monastery were carried out by the Azerbaijani side on Azerbaijani-controlled territory, however the works have been suspended.

“Georgian-Azerbaijani held meetings on May 23-24 in Baku. The commission had not met for many years. Georgia renewed the commission two weeks ago. the commission had a detailed discussion on non-agreed sections of the inter-state border. About 2/3 have been agreed. 1/3 – have remained non-agreed. It refers to about 14 sections, including nearby territory of David Gareji Monastery. It was agreed to hold joint visits to non-agreed sections, at the level of experts and afterwards, the commission will meet to discuss the results,” Lasha Darsalia said.

He said the discussion touched upon the territory nearby David Gareji Monastery.

“We had the information that some works were underway beyond the ridge. Therefore, we requested full information about it. We also noted that it is desirable and important to refrain from steps that might create a perception that the status quo is being changed in any form. Those works are carried out on the Azerbaijani-controlled territory,” he said,

To the question of InterPressNews, why the works were underway in parallel of the negotiations process, the Deputy Foreign Minister said that the works are suspended as of today.

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