Georgia Urges Fairness Toward Armenia’s

TBILISI (Armenpress)–Deputy speaker of the Georgian parliament Vakhtang Kolbaya–who is also chairman of an Armenian-Georgian inter-parliamentary commission–ordered the heads of Georgian tax and border services–as well as the road police to regulate all the problems Armenian citizens face while crossing the border.

Parliament member Van Baibourd was quoted by Georgian Prime News agency as saying that "numerous cases of corrupt tax and road police officers demanding bribes from Armenian citizens upon entering Georgia were reported. This negatively effects reciprocal contacts between the two countries."

He added that the same corrupt officers create obstacles for transit of Armenian goods across Georgian territory.

Armenian government authorities spoke about border corruption with Georgia’s parliament speaker Nino Burjanandze during her visit to Armenia last month.

During her visit to Armenia–Burjanandze discussed–with her counterparts–issues facing the Armenian population in Georgian–especially in Javakhk–where clashes with officials have been commonplace.

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