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Part of Baku-Supsa pipeline might fall beyond occupation line


The so called border demarcation works have been underway at the administrative borderline between Georgia and its breakaway region of South Ossetia. According to the de facto South Ossetian authorities, the new line follows the Soviet administrative borderline between Georgia and the so called South Ossetia. In this case, a 1600 meters long part of Baku-Supsa pipeline at the village of Karapila will fall beyond the occupation line, on the territory controlled by the de facto authorities, according to the information reported in a TV show Focus on Tabula on 24 September.

Speaking in the TV show, co-founder of Georgia's Reforms Associates, Elene Khoshtaria described the fact as a "regional and strategic problem", adding that this might cause serious regional problems. "This is a certain challenge for the international community as well," she said.

Deputy Minister for Energy and Natural Resources, Ilia Eloshvili said that the pipeline is situated 1 kilometer from the village of Karapila, however, he added, in case a portion of the pipeline is found beyond the occupation line, it will not pose a threat to the work of the pipeline. "Baku-Supsa pipeline is 1 kilometer from the village of Karapili. So, in addition to the village, they should move the line one more kilometer [into the territory controlled by the Georgian authorities] in order the portion of the pipeline to be under their authority. I think, maximum 1000 meters will be under their control. However, theoretically, there will be no problems for operating Baku-Supsa pipeline, because the pipe goes underground. The only difference will be that BP supervisors will not be able to supervise this portion of the pipeline," Eloshvili said.


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