Experts: "Southern Gas Corridor" - foundatuion of regional peace and development
Permanent representatives of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in the United Nations sent a letter to the UN leadership and member states on the occasion of the opening of the TANAP gas pipeline, an important section of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC). The SGC project includes development of the Shahdeniz-2 field in Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, construction of the South Caucasus Pipeline through Georgia, the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline through Turkey (TANAP) and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). This system of gas pipelines with a total length of 3,500 kilometers will ensure growing demand for cheapest and environmentally friendly fuel in Georgia, Turkey and a number of countries in southern Europe.
Their letter stresses that this project, with a total investments of $40 billion, will not help to resolv issues of energy security, but will also become an important factor in preserving peace, ensuring common security, developing comprehensive regional cooperation: "Today we're witnessing international projects in the field of oil and gas, implemented within the framework of broad international cooperation. The Southern Gas Corridor will promote further development of cooperation in Europe and in our region not only in the energy sector, but also in all other sectors," the document says.
According to David Avalishvili, expert of the independent information and analytical portal of GHN, "by sending a joint letter to the UN Secretary General and registering it as an official document, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey made it clear to all regional players and international community that those who don't get out of the regional isolation by engaging in implementation of the projects of the century will eventually suffer and lose."
According to the expert, it's no coincidence that three states also actively cooperate in the UN platform and on many political issues. "It has become a tradition for Azerbaijan and Georgia to jointly vote in the United Nations on the issues of refugees," David Avalishvili sain in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza.