TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili Wednesday described the moving and fortifying of a de facto border between Georgian- and Russian-controlled territory in place since the war in 2008, as a call for everybody to resist Russian occupation.
“This session is about attempts by our occupants to walk into other countries and get recognition for its illegal occupation and get recognition for the so-called independence of territories of our country,” Saakashvili said.
Everybody should work together to fight against this, he said after an unscheduled session of the country’s National Security Council he had called together in order to find out how to handle the situation that has arisen after Russian border guards started moving the so-called administrative border around South Ossetia 300 meters on Georgia-controlled territory and began erecting razor wire fences that hinder the movement of locals.
But it is not publicly known exactly what was said after the TV cameras were turned off, as the session itself was closed to the media.
Interior Minister Irakli Gharibashvili explained what is happening at the so-called administrative borders.
Council Secretary Giga Bokeria said the session was ‘productive and beneficial’. He said that the meeting dealt with joint actions regarding the border moving, but didn’t specify any details.
From the governing Georgian Dream coalition’s side the session was attended by the interior minister, the finance minister, and the speaker of parliament, while representatives from Saakashvili’s United National Movement included the mayor of Tbilisi.
Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili didn’t attend. He earlier stated that his schedule for Wednesday was fully booked, for which he was criticized by his opponents.
The interior minister said after the meeting that it is important that the Security Council’s sessions continue.
Speaker of Parliament Davit Usupashvili also said that such meetings are necessary, even though it may not always be pleasant, but Georgian Dream is responsible for the future of the country and is obliged to handle such a situation.