Anti-occupation movement "Force is in Unity" patrolling in Davit Gareji
15 July, 2019
Anti-occupation movement "Force is in Unity" patrolling in Davit Gareji
One of the leaders of the anti-occupation movement, Davit Katsarava, says that there is a calm situation in Davit Gareji for the time being, but yesterday, there was a clash between the local population and the Azerbaijani border guards.

Davit Katsarava told InterPressNews that the Azerbaijani border guards have taken icons out the monasteries of Gareji Udabno (desert) and handed them over to the Georgian border guards. Davit Katsarava also says that the Azeri border guards use the monastic cells as
toilets.

“Now we are patrolling and we want to arrive at the Chichkhituri temple to find out the situation. The Azerbaijani border guards took the icons out the desert monasteries 4-5 days ago, but unfortunately, the government has not given a relevant response to this fact. As it seems, the Azeri border guards use the monastic cells as toilets. The existed situation has caused protest of the local population. An incident took place yesterday, locals arrived in Udabno Monastery and there was a clash. Our border guards did everything to defuse the situation,” Katsarava said.

MIA: There was a small incident in Davit-Gareji, but the situation has been defused

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, there was a small incident between locals and Azerbaijani border guards on Davit-Gareji section, though the situation has been defused timely and now the situation has been calmed on the ground.

As InterPressNews was told by the MIA, the fact is being studied.

"We urge the society, civic groups to allow border delimitation commissions to continue working in a peaceful environment in order to reach an agreement on time," the Ministry told InterPressNews.

As for the taking the icons out the desert monasteries, neither the Ministry of Internal Affairs nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia makes comment on this report.

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