President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili has visited the village of Khurvaleti in Gori region on December 31.
Khurvaleti is the village where the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) is between Georgia and its breakaway region South Ossetia.
Margvelashvili expressed his warm wishes to locals for the new year and wished them peace and unification of the country:
“I want to express my warm wishes for the new year from here, the place which hurts us the most. Here, Russian occupiers have put wire fences on our living bodies and have divided our country temporarily.
Whenever I come here, I always have the feeling that someday these wire fences will be put out and be replaced with peace and unification of all our citizens.”, stated Margvelashvili when passing symbolic gifts to local, Data Ivanishvili.
Speaking with interpressnews in village Khurvaleti, the president of Georgia also summed up 2017 and spoke about the most significant events of the year. The president emphasized that in 2017 state institutions were in need of defence.
“We have to defend the President’s institute, as well as other state institutions, not because of our political interests, but because the country becomes the state when state institutions are defended. We had to defend those during an artificially initiated process - constitutional changes. The constitution wasn’t accepted neither by Georgian society nor by me and that’s why I vetoed it.
At the same time, as in any normal society, we were developing and the economic parameters are better than we expected. I’m speaking about parameters, however I’m not saying that life is better now. Through visa liberalization we have truly taken a step forward.”, stated President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili.