Within the framework of the official visit of Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili to Armenia, she met with the Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II, at which the topic of Armenian churches in Abkhazia was touched upon, Interfax reports with reference to the press-service of the Georgian President.
According to the press-service, S. Zourabichvili called on Garegin II to change the decision on the subordination of the Armenian Church in Abkhazia to the Diocese of Southern Russia of the Armenian Apostolic Church (AAC).
According to the Georgian president, this decision is perceived as a violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia by the Armenian church.
The President of Georgia 'demanded that the Catholicos promptly change the decision' so that the Armenian churches in Abkhazia returned to the jurisdiction of the Armenian church in Georgia, 'as it was historically,' or directly submitted to Garegin II.
At the same time S. Zourabichvili conveyed a similar position of the Georgian Orthodox Church.
The report notes that Garegin II called the decision to subordinate the Armenian Church in Abkhazia to the Diocese of Southern Russia a temporary measure and said that the AAC recognises that Abkhazia is the canonical territory of the Georgian Diocese of the AAC.
'The president welcomed this statement and noted that it is necessary to find a coordinated way out of the interim,' the message says.
During the discussion of this issue with the Chairman of the National Assembly of Armenia, Ararat Mirzoyan, Salome Zourabichvili called the transfer of Armenian churches in Abkhazia under the jurisdiction of the Armenian church in southern Russia 'a very large violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia.'