As President Salome Zurabishvili states, the agitation created over the issue of Davit Gareji is clearly aimed at weakening the institution of the President once again.
According to a statement issued by the President's press service, it is clear to everyone that the investigation concerns the agreement reached by the Commission in 2006-2007, and not Salome Zurabishvili during her tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
"The recent agitation is clearly aimed at weakening the institution of the president once again. In this case, it is about the situation around Davit Gareji. At this time, it is clear to everyone that the investigation concerns the agreement reached by the Commission in 2006-2007, and not my tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs (March 18, 2004 - October 19, 2005). Once again, I would like to share all the information I have with you publicly. I can also personally provide this information to the Prosecutor at any time. I will start with the fact that during my term, the matter of state borders was really one of the most important issues on our bilateral agenda with our Azerbaijani and Armenian counterparts. I have believed and continue to believe that a solid good-neighborly and friendly relationship requires the delimitation of borders and the completion of the case, which would rule out any future misunderstandings and possible incidents. On the other hand, I continue to believe that the legal establishment of borders is of great importance for the state of Georgia and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Therefore, during my tenure, the Commission worked in both directions, however, a final agreement could not be reached with either party. During the last meeting between me and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, we received information from the Commission that several parts of the border remained unresolved, including the sections of David Gareji and the Red Bridge. Due to the high political importance and sensitivity of the issue, my colleague Elmar Mammadyarov and I agreed to turn to the presidents of the country for a decision, because the issue could only be resolved at the highest political level. I do not have any information on whether the issue was discussed by the presidents during my post-ministerial term, i.e. after 19 October 2005. Also, I do not know when or under what conditions the issue was redirected to the commission for discussion", - reads the statement.