ICAO repeatedly confirms that Sukhumi airport is considered as part of Georgian airspace

The Permanent Representative of Georgia to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was once again confirmed that the organization considers the Sukhumi airport as part of the Georgian airspace, Interfax reported with reference to the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the Ambassador of Georgia to Canada and Permanent Representative to the ICAO Konstantin Kavtaradze met with the President of the ICAO Council Olumuiva Benard Aliu, the Secretary General of the organization Fan Liu, the Director of the Air Navigation Bureau Stefan Kremer and other heads of the department.

“The topic of discussion included the spread of information, according to which the occupation regime is trying to make international flights from occupied Abkhazia, in particular, from Sukhumi airport,” the statement said.

At the same time, the Foreign Ministry notes that ICAO representatives emphasized that this organization, as a UN structure, supports the position of the General Assembly and the international community and unambiguously recognizes the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, and is well acquainted with this issue, the discussion of the political component of which is taking place within the UN, and technical and legal aspects are governed by the Chicago Convention and ICAO rules.

In particular, they emphasized the fact that the Chicago Convention and ICAO principles prohibit states parties to the Convention from taking actions in the air navigation sector that violate the sovereignty of another country.

“In addition, it was noted that for the airspace of the internationally recognized territory of Georgia, which includes Abkhazia, ICAO was assigned a single FIR (Flight Information Region) special code, which cannot be changed or added to the airspace code of another country or its part without the consent of Georgia,” the Foreign Ministry said.

In the case of a similar appeal by a country, including Russia, ICAO does not even consider this issue, since changing the airspace code of a country is possible only with the consent of that country. Accordingly, no matter what code Russia assigns to Sukhumi Airport, ICAO will always consider it as part of Georgia’s airspace, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said.

Earlier, the Georgian Civil Aviation Agency ruled out the possibility of international air transportation at Sukhumi airport without the permission of the Georgian side.

Last week, the President of Abkhazia, Raul Khadjimba, signed a decree at a government meeting on giving the status of a joint-based airport for the airport in Sukhum, which provides for the use of this airport by both military aircraft and civil aviation.

“After the reconstruction of the airport, there are plans to restore air services between Abkhazia and Russia, which ended 26 years ago due to the Georgian-Abkhaz war,” Vakhtang Pipia, chairperson of the State Committee for State Property Management and Privatization, said at a meeting.

For his part, the Prime Minister of Abkhazia Valery Bganba signed a decree at a government meeting to prepare on the preparation regulatory legal acts by November 1, 2019 to use the airspace of the republic and to implement measures to ensure the functioning of the Sukhum International Airport.

Mr. Pipia also said that the Sukhumi airport and airspace of Abkhazia has been assigned the international four-letter code URAS for subsequent entry in the Russian Aeronautical Information Collection.

Source – https://www.aex.ru/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *