GEORGIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER SAYS ARMENIA AND GEORGIA MUST SUPPORT EACH OTHER

Armenpress
May 25 2006

DUSHANBE, MAY 25, ARMENPRESS: Georgian deputy prime minister Georgi
Baramidze discussed a wide range of issues during a friendly meeting
with Armenian prime minister Andranik Margarian on the sidelines of a
meeting of heads of governments of CIS member countries in Tajikistan's
capital Dushanbe.

"Armenia and Georgia are moving in the same direction and this is
why we should support each other. Georgia enjoys good relations
with Azerbaijan as well and we shall continue our efforts that all
disputes in the South Caucasian and Black Sea areas be solved in a
peaceful way," Baramidze said to Armenpress. He also underscored the
anticipated resumption of the railway that connects Russia, Georgia
and Armenia, saying it will be of great importance for Armenia. "We,
naturally, support the program because we hope that it will promote
the peaceful regulation of the Abkhazian conflict," he said.

Baramidze also said first the focus should be on fostering
bilateral economic ties. "We are proud that we have been able to
create conditions for free movement of Armenian citizens through
our territory," he said adding that they have managed to eliminate
corruption in the police and the Armenian motorists are not forced
into extortion any more by Georgian road police officers. "As a result
of all this thousands of Armenians spend their holidays in Georgia,
particularly in Ajaria," said Georgian deputy prime minister.

According to him, the third forces are trying to spoil the
relations between the two peoples and create some artificial
problems. "Particularly, some anti-Armenian leaflets were disseminated
in Akhalkalaki which, of course, is the work of the enemies of Armenia
and Georgia," he said adding that Armenian and Georgian leaderships
and peoples as well as the population of the region are smart enough
not to give way to such provocations.

He said Armenian and Georgian leaders always use the opportunity to
meet and discuss issues of reciprocal interest.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress