"The Georgian Church is ready to contribute to the process of settling the confrontation between the center and the region," Elijah II said. "I hope that the current confrontation will not grow into a conflict." "Adzharia is part and parcel of Georgia. Adzharia is very dear to me personally-it was inhabitants of Adzharia who formed my first flock; I served there for seven years," the Patriarch said.
The Georgian Orthodox Church has always been the unifying force for Georgia, and "we will do our best to ensure that the Church continues to perform this formidable task," the Patriarch said. He concluded his address by calling on the nation to live in peace.