2019-11-26 10:07:00

Georgian patriarch, foreign ambassadors discuss detention of doctor Gaprindashvili in S. Ossetia

Tbilisi, November 26, Interfax - Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia discussed the situation in South Ossetia with the diplomats accredited in Tbilisi, spokesman of the Georgian Patriarchate Archpriest Andria Dzhagmaidze told reporters.

The patriarchate hosted a meeting, which was attended by the ambassadors of 36 countries, he said.

The issue of South Ossetia, including the situation surrounding the detentions of Georgian citizens for violating the border, was addressed at the meeting, the priest said.

The meeting focused on the issue of well-known Georgian doctor Vazhi Gaprindashvili, who was detained in South Ossetia on November 9, the spokesman said.

Other issues were also discussed at the meeting, he said.

Earlier on Monday, Gaprindashvili's relatives requested through the Georgian Foreign Ministry that the UN secretary-general facilitate the release of the doctor and send a special commission to South Ossetia to this end.

Gaprindashvili was detained by South Ossetian border guards on November 9. A criminal case was opened against Gaprindashvili under Article 322 of the Russian Criminal Code (illegal border crossing), the press service of the South Ossetian State Security Committee (KGB) said later.

According to Georgian media reports, this doctor declined to provide the medical aid to a patient in South Ossetia.

Meanwhile, the South Ossetian KGB viewed the illegal republican border crossing by Gaprindashvili as Tbilisi's provocation.