Georgia has restricted access to the Keshikchidag/David Gareji complex from its territory
Baku/07.15.19/Turan: On July 15 Georgia restricted access to the Keshikchidag / David Gareji cave-temple complex from its territory.
Guides who drove tourist groups to the monastery complex reported a problem with access to certain David Gareji sites, the Caucasian Knot writes. According to the guide Irakli Marukashvili, tourists today could not reach the Resurrection Temple and the Chichkhituri Tower.
"Today we climbed, and looked at the Lavra. They wanted to go to the slope, as it has been until now, but unfortunately it is not possible now. It is possible to climb only until the first metal fence begins. The Georgian military standing there said that they cannot let us go for a greater distance, they have such an order," Interpressnews quoted Marukashvili.
According to his information, the icons, handed down by Azerbaijani border guards from the temple, were handed over to Georgian border guards.
The guides appealed to the MIA of Georgia with a request to inform representatives of the tourism industry about David Gareji talks. At today's meeting, members of the Association of Guides and employees of travel companies have agreed to suspend trips to the monastery complex in order to avoid escalation, said the guide Rusudan Japaridze.
"We are not interested in destabilization in the country, the problem should be solved through diplomacy," she says, "Channel One."
On July 14 a group of aggressive-minded individuals from the Georgian side attacked and insulted Azerbaijani border guards.
On July 15, the Georgian ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan and clarifications were requested from him. Official Baku demanded that the Georgian side investigate the incident and bring violators to justice. -06D--