Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region were not lost for Georgia, they are temporarily out of control, said His Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II at a reception in honor of his birthday.
"Abkhazia and Tskhinvali are our pain, but the blessed day will come when both regions will again be part of Georgia," said His Holiness.
Patriarch stressed that this is primarily necessary for the Abkhazians and Ossetians since "one who conquers himself, defeats the enemy."
On Jan. 4, His Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II celebrates his 77th anniversary. Politicians and representatives of public came to congratulate him on birthday.