The Georgian side once again confirms its readiness to contribute to defusing the situation in any way, including the reception of representatives of the conflicting sides in Tbilisi for a dialogue, head of Georgian National Security Council Vakhtang Gomelauri said after the meeting on October 3 that was devoted to the next military confrontation between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
“The session discussed the complicated situation caused by this conflict, which, unfortunately, has already resulted in human casualties. Escalation of the situation will have a serious negative impact on the security of the region. We once again call on the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and international actors to take all measures to stop the violence and resume dialogue. Georgia has good neighborly relations with both Azerbaijan and Armenia. Our task is to maintain and strengthen these relations. In Georgia we have always been proud of peaceful coexistence with Georgians of different nationalities, including Azerbaijanis and Armenians, which is our common achievement and requires a careful attitude and great joint care,” he said.
According to Gomelauri, in the current crisis situation, the Georgian side “should not allow certain destructive elements, internal or external, to cast a shadow on our friendship and historical experience.
“Over the years, the Georgian side has fulfilled and continues to fulfill its international obligations, including those to its neighboring countries, Azerbaijan and Armenia. In particular, Georgia’s transit function is an important factor for the functioning and development of both countries’ economies. That, naturally, is also in Georgia’s interests. Even today, the transit of civilian goods in any direction, including Azerbaijan and Armenia, is carried out smoothly and safely through Georgia. The traffic intensity is high, and it has not changed since the military conflict resumed. It should be noted that after the escalation of the conflict, Georgia has not and will not impose any restrictions on civilian air cargo transportation. At the same time, because of the ongoing hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the Georgian government has temporarily suspended permits for the transportation of military cargo on its territory to both countries, both by land and air, since the escalation began. The sides were informed about that,” he added.
According to the head of the Security Council, the Georgian side is fully fulfilling its international obligations with regard to any other international transit traffic.
“It’s in our common interest to put an end to the military confrontation as soon as possible and restore peace in the region,” Vakhtang Gomelauri concluded.