The 20th meeting of the Georgian-Azerbaijan Coordinating Council was held in Baku. The Georgian delegation was headed by the Minister of Economy - Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili,Azerbaijan was headed by Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov. The parties discussed a number of issues relating to the construction of the railway section Marabda-Kartsakhi and the pace of construction works.
Construction of the segment Marabda-Kartsakhi of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway was begun in 2008. Letting of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in operation is scheduled for 2015, and the test train will pass through this railway line at the end of this year.
The Ministers emphasized the international importance of the railway line, and also discussed the prospects for economic development of the region within the framework of this project.
Georgian government has finally decided to quit mandate to Russian peacekeeping forces stationed in Abkhazia,' parliament speaker Nino Burjanadze announced after the meeting with the Ministers of Defense, Interior Affairs, Foreign Affairs and the leaders of the ruling party. As for the dates, Speaker said consultations with international community and partner countries are underway in order not to make a surprise for Russia.