TBILISI, October 3. / TASS /. The Georgian government decided to ban the issuance of permits for the transportation of military cargo to Armenia and Azerbaijan due to the resumption of hostilities in the zone of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia, Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri said this at a briefing on Saturday.
"Due to the hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Georgian government has temporarily suspended the issuance of a permit for the transportation of military cargo through its territory by land and air routes in the direction of both countries. The parties have already been informed about this," Gomelauri said.
As for the transportation of civilian cargo, Georgia fully fulfills its international obligations in this direction, he added.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians.
Baku and Yerevan have disputed the ownership of Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the region announced its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. During the 1992-1994 armed conflict, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions.