YEREVAN, January 17. /ARKA/. Georgia’s Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili implies the Abkhazian railway segment may start operating again as officials resolve a number of issues.
“I think it is possible… You know there are no disputes between Armenia and Georgia. But we have huge disputes with Russia. The issues were significant, and unfortunately remain so up to these days. We hope and attempt to restore and normalize our relations with Russia as soon as possible.
The deepest and toughest controversy issue is a territorial integrity of Georgia… I think it will not happen too soon,” Ivanishvili said Thursday in Yerevan at a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Tigran Sargsyan.
The railway re-launch is closely linked to these issues and will be considered in such context, Ivanishvili added.
“But I think these issues can be resolved earlier if all parties agree. Georgia is already expressing its willingness,” Ivanishvili said.
Nevertheless, there is another side as well—Russia. Georgian PM also mentioned the complicated relations with the Abkhazians.
“All parties should express their willingness. From our side we are completely ready to resolve these issues as soon as possible.”
On his side, Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan noted this issue was discussed by both sides, Armenia and Georgia.
“We reported on our efforts to support restoring the efficient operation of the railway. We are interested to see this issue resolved as soon as possible, and we will take a proactive position in settling this dispute,” Sargsyan added.
In late October 2012 Minister for Reintegration of Georgia Paata Zakareishvili said the Georgian authorities are ready to restore the railway connection with Russia within the “strategy for de-isolation of Abkhazia.” The opening of the Abkhazian-Georgian railway segment is strategically important for Armenia, as it is the shortest and cheapest way to Russia. -0-