MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE RUSSIAN
DAILY NEWS BULLETIN 16.01.2003
Unofficial translation from Russian
Russian First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Valery Loshchinin Meets with Georgian Ambassador to Moscow Zurab Abashidze
On January 14 State Secretary and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Valery Loshchinin received the Ambassador of Georgia to Moscow, Zurab Abashidze, at his request.
In the course of a thorough discussion of topical issues in Russian-Georgian relations Loshchinin noted the definite progress made in cooperation between the two countries on the antiterrorist front and expressed hope that the Georgian side would show greater determination in carrying out the measures to suppress the activity of international terrorists on its territory.
The Georgian ambassador laid stress on the latest events in the Abkhaz sector, raising, in particular, the subject of the opening of a railway link between Sukhumi and Sochi. According to him, this action had been undertaken without the consent of the Georgian authorities and therefore contradicts the well-known CIS decisions on the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict.
Loshchinin reaffirmed that Russia stands for the preservation of the territorial integrity of Georgia and for solving the problems separating Tbilisi and Sukhumi on lines of the restoration of trust and reconciliation. He noted the importance of activating economic factors in the matter of bringing the sides' political positions closer and in this context pointed to the positive effect which the restoration of a through service along the Transcaucasian Main Line could yield not only for the interests of the Georgian-Abkhaz settlement, but also for the region as a whole.
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