Georgia Says It Never Transfer Territory To Turkey

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on Thursday refuted the report about the transfer of territory by Georgia to Turkey.

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Georgia's Presidential Palace is illuminated in the colors of blue, white and red as people mourn for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, on Nov. 14, 2015. (Xinhua/Giorgi Induashvili)
Georgia's Presidential Palace is illuminated in the colors of blue, white and red as people mourn for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, on Nov. 14, 2015. (Xinhua/Giorgi Induashvili)

In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry said that demarcation and delimitation of the border between Georgia and Turkey had been completed in the 1970s, during the Soviet Union period.

Georgia's Presidential Palace is illuminated in the colors of blue, white and red as people mourn for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, on Nov. 14, 2015. (Xinhua/Giorgi Induashvili)
Georgia’s Presidential Palace is illuminated in the colors of blue, white and red as people mourn for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, on Nov. 14, 2015. (Xinhua/Giorgi Induashvili)

In 1992, after the independence of Georgia, the two sides re-recognized the previously agreed boundary line. Therefore, any kind of change of the boundary is ruled out today, said the Ministry.

“As a result of natural changes, the border river Jakistskali changed its bed. Now efforts are underway at two border rivers – Jakistskali and Karzametistskali – to return the riverbeds to their original state. Restoration of the riverbeds is ongoing according to the 1973 border demarcation materials,” says the statement.

Previously, Turkish Daily Sabah reported that Georgia and Turkey had agreed upon a man-made change to a border riverbed, where Georgia transferred 15 acres of land to Turkey. Endit

Source: Xinhua

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