Ilia the Second – Abkhazia and Tskhinva li are Georgia’s Open Wounds
Ilia the Second – Abkhazia and Tskhinvali are Georgia’s Open Wounds
19 February '13
Abkhazia and Tskhinvali are Georgia’s open wounds - Catholicos Patriarch
of Georgia Ilia the Second said during a meeting with the United Nations
Development Programme’s Administrator Helen Clark at Svetitskhioveli
The Patriarch spoke about the oldest culture of Georgia and Orthodox
Church of Georgia. The Patriarch noted that for centuries Georgia has
been protecting its culture, language, land, independence.
“We want Georgia to become part of European structures, have close ties
with the UN, European structures. We have hopes about your visit and
think that these people will assist Georgia’s economic-political
development. It’s very difficult for us that territorial integrity of
Georgia has not been restored. Abkhazia and Tskhinvali are Georgia’s
open wounds. We hope the territories will return. As Abkhazia, also
Tskhinvali are the oldest territories of Georgia”, Ilia the Second
declared at the meeting.
Ilia the second declares that for 11 years he was the archbishop of
Abkhazia and then he was elected as Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia. The
Patriarch said that a lot of Georgia’s young people receive education in
the West, trying to get knowledge, study European culture and be
introduced to the European structures. According to Ilia the Second, for
five years, he chaired the world church council, the centre of which is
Helen Clark addressed Patriarch by saying that he is spiritual leader of
the Georgian people. Clark says that internal confrontations must be
solved with dialogue.
“You are spiritual leader of Georgian people. It’s important that
internal confrontations are solved by dialogue. As we know, you call on
the political parties for this. We are amazed by the success Georgian
people are reaching in this transition period”, Helen Clark said.
She said she visited Kakheti yesterday and there is great potential for
agriculture development in the country. She voiced hope that the
politicians will shift attention to the important issues like agriculture.
The second part of the meeting was held behind closed doors. After the
meeting, Helen Clark went to Svetitskhiveli temple.