Oskanian Meets With Georgian Counterpart

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Armenia’s foreign minister Vartan Oskanian met with his Georgian counterpart Gela Bezhuashvili in Moscow Wednesday, reported the foreign ministry’s press office. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations, as well as the impact of the current impasse resulting from the Russian-Georgian relations on the region and the opportunities to mitigate tensions between those two countries. Within the same framework, the two leaders commended the European Union’s proposed action plan for the South Caucasus within the European Neighborhood Policy initiative, which is scheduled to be approved on Nov. 14. They expressed confidence it will provide an opportunity for greater strengthening of cooperation between Armenia and Georgia on the way toward European integration. Oskanian and Bezhuashvili also exchanged views on the peaceful resolution of regional conflicts. In a related matter, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Magajaladze said Tuesday that his country was ready to exchange border territories with Azerbaijan as part of talks on demarcation of borders with Azerbaijan. Tbilisi is interested in the acquisition of David-Gareji, a Georgian architectural complex, a part of which has been on Azeri territory since the Sovietization of the two countries. Some 20 cave monasteries of David-Gareji situated 60 km southeast of the Georgian capital was founded in early 6th century. Frescoes with portraits of historical figures have been preserved in them for eight to 14 centuries. Georgian sources did not specify on which territories are being eyed for the exchange. Mangajaladze explained that state committees have discussed the exchange of 300 kilometers of the 460 kilometer border. However, he cautioned that it was very premature to discuss the terms of signing an agreement.

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