Mikheil Janelidze – “Any transit via the territory of Georgia will be subject to the legislation of Georgia”

20.04.2017, Tbilisi - “Any transit via the territory of Georgia will be subject to the legislation of Georgia, and it is up to the Georgian government to determine the terms in which transit via the territory of Georgia, including its occupied regions, will be implemented” -  Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze said to radio Free Europe when commenting on the statements of the Russian foreign minister and the so-called president of Abkhazia regarding the carriages to Armenia in transit through the occupied Abkhazian region.
 
According to the Foreign Minister, Russia and Georgia signed a WTO trade monitoring agreement in 2011. However, given the fact that Georgia in unable to exercise effective control over the border of its occupied territories, the agreement envisages the possibility of granting a monitoring mandate to the third side, which will monitor the movement of goods across the border and will also ensure transparency of data. It is a monitoring agreement imposing no other obligations on the parties