BREAKING THE INFORMATIONAL VACUUM AROUND JAVAKHK

We decided it was time to break the informational vacuum surrounding Javakhk.
You will find here the latest news from Javakh.

What is Javakhk?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a comprehensive factsheet as presented by the Armenien Relief Society Eastern United States (http://www.arseastus.com/Javakhk/JavakhkIndex.htm)

Today, Javakhk is the most underdeveloped and impoverished region of Georgia . It has the highest rate of unemployment in the country and the lowest rate of state investment. There is no industry, and agriculture is primitive. The roads and infrastructure in the region are non-existent and it is easier to reach Armenia than Tbilisi , Georgia 's capital. Javakhk is a geographic, economic and political island, almost cut off from the rest of the world. The historic Armenian regions of Akhalkalak and Akhaltska lie in the southern part of Georgia , bordering Armenia and Turkey . Javakhk borders Ajaria in the west and regions inhabited by ethnic Azeris lie to the east.

The needs of the residents of Javakhk were ignored during Soviet times and they continue to be ignored by independent Georgia . When the Georgian government incorporated Javakhk with other regions and created a new administrative region, Samtskhe-Javakheti, the Armenian population of Javakhk was reduced to about 70 percent of the overall population. In 1994, the Georgian government abolished the regional government of Javakhk. Authority over the area was placed in the hands of a governor directly appointed by and answerable to the President of Georgia.

Although local government and authority lie in the hands of the Armenian majority of Javakhk, the recently created regional governments of Javakhk are dominated by Georgian officials who do not care about the well being and future of this Armenian-dominated region and its Armenian population. The largest employer in the Javakhk region is the 62nd Divisional Russian base in Akhalkalaki, where half of the 3,000 soldiers and officers are local Javakhk Armenians. In addition to being a major economic force in the region, the base also gives much needed security to the region's Armenians against Turkey.

Javakhk is strategically located. All proposed oil pipelines from Baku to Georgia to the Black Sea or Mediterranean would pass through the region of Javakhk. Javakhk's strategic placement has caused Turkey to lay certain claims to the region and it has attempted to extend its political and military influence over Georgia for this reason. The region's Armenian population suffers from a lack of small business and industry.  As a result, unemployment levels are high.  The region also lacks basic water and electrical services.  This unacceptable situation has created a climate of despair for these proud people.

  LATEST NEWS
6. Dec. 2006 Javakhk Issue Subject Of Discussion In Glendale
5. Dec. 2006 "JAVAKHK" COUNCIL CONDEMNS "PERSECUTION" CARRIED OUT BY RA AUTHORITIES TOWARDS VAHAGN CHAKHALIAN
4. Dec. 2006 JAVAKHETI ACTIVIST DEPORTED FROM ARMENIA
27. Oct. 2006 ETHNIC ARMENIAN MOVEMENT RALLIES IN SOUTHERN GEORGIA TO DEMAND RELEASE OF LEADER
27. Oct. 2006 PROTEST RALLY IN AKHALKALAKI AGAINST LOCAL OPPOSITION LEADER'S ARREST IN ARMENIA
25. Oct. 2006 PARTY LEADER: ARMENIA'S LEADERSHIP AFRAID OF MIKHAIL SAAKASHVILI
25. Oct. 2006 FREEDOM TO VAHAGN CHAKHALIAN SIT-DOWN STRIKE PARTICIPANTS SEND OPEN LETTER TO ARA ABRAHAMIAN
25. Oct. 2006 GEORGIA: "ORCHESTRATED REACTION" AGAINST RELIGIOUS MINORITIES' BUILDINGS
25. Oct. 2006 UNITED JAVAKHETI DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE CONDEMNS THE HZOR HAYRENIK PARTY
20. Oct. 2006 CONSPIRACY AGAINST JAVAKHQ
20. Oct. 2006 Armenian MPs voice support for arrested Georgian Armenian activist
19. Oct. 2006 Will mob halt Assyrian Catholic centre?
19. Oct. 2006 A NUMBER OF RA MPs DEMAND TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE UNITED JAVAKHK DEMOCRATIC BLOC'S PRESIDENCY MEMBER VAHAGN CHAKHALIAN
19. Oct. 2006 ARMENIAN INDEPENDENT MP CALLED ARRESTED GEORGIAN CITIZEN A POLITICAL PRISONER
17. Oct. 2006 ARMENIAN POLITICAL SCIENTIST: IN ARMENIAN-GEORGIAN RELATIONS THERE IS DIRECT EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION WITH THIRD PARTY
16. Oct. 2006 "UNITED JAVAKHK" FACTION CHAIRMANSHIP MEMBER ARRESTED
16. Oct. 2006 UNITED JAVAKH ACCUSES GEORGIAN AND ARMENIAN AUTHORITIES OF COLLUSION, REQUESTING TO RELEASE ITS LEADER
14. Oct. 2006 GEORGIAN ARMENIANS PROTEST AT ARREST OF ACTIVIST IN YEREVAN
12. Jul. 2006 Georgian journalists left for Samtskhe-Javakheti region
10. Jul. 2006 Tbilisi Denies Entry to Passengers Coming via Roki Tunnel
10. Jul. 2006 ARMENIAN AND GEORIGAN PRIME MINISTERS OBSERVE HIGH LEVEL OF FRIENDSHIP AND COOPERATION BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES
26. Jun. 2006 Georgian Authorities State There Will Be No Armenian Autonomy in Javakheti
26. Jun. 2006 Turks-Meskhetians Arrived in Javakhk as “Tourists”
20. Jun. 2006 JAVAKHK DEVELOPMENT
20. Jun.2006 Georgian Policy of Accented Anti-Armenian Nature for Past 100 Years
16. Jun. 2006 Georgia-Turkey Relations Notably Activated Recently
16. Jun. 2006 Armenian-Georgian Relations Tend to Worsen
15. Jun. 2006 JAVAKHK COMPATRIOTIC UNION CALLS FOR NOT AGGRAVATING SITUATION IN JAVAKHK
15. Jun. 2006 "EITHER LEARN GEORGIAN OR SELL POTATO": CHAIRMAN OF JAVAKHK ASSOCIATION ABOUT THE REGION'S PROBLEMS
14. Jun. 2006 "THE GEORGIANS WANT TO TAKE HOLD OF JAVAKHQ"
14. Jun. 2006 TSALKA AND NINOTSMINDA CONSIDERED PROBABLE REGIONS FOR RESETTLEMENT OF MESKHETIAN TURKS
14. Jun. 2006 SITUATION IN JAVAKHK REACHED DEADLOCK OVER ABSENCE OF STEPS FOR CHANGING SITUATION
14. Jun. 2006 RUSSIAN MILITARY WERE GUARANTORS OF JAVAKHETI ARMENIANS' SECURITY
14. Jun. 2006 THE ISSUE OF STATUS OF JAVAKHK THE MOST PAINFUL TODAY
14. Jun. 2006 INTERESTS OF ARMENIA AND JAVAKHETI CLASH
14. Jun. 2006 WHICH PARLIAMENTARY FORCE WILL REPRESENT INTERESTS OF JAVAKHETI?
13. Jun. 2006 INFORMATION FROM JAVAKHK REACHES ARMENIA SOMEHOW DISTORTED
06. Jun. 2006 ARMENIAN ADVOCATES OF JAVAKHK DEPRIVED OF RIGHT TO BE ENGAGED IN THEIR BUSINESS
06. Jun. 2006 HOW TO SOLVE THE JAVAKHQ ISSUES
30. May 2006 New Times Party on withdrawal of Russian bases from Georgia: When Russians go away, Armenians have to do the same
29. May 2006 ARMENIA TO ASSIST WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAM ON RESTORATION OF JAVAKHK INFRASTRUCTURES
29. May 2006 COMPETITION-OLYMPIAD ON ARMENIAN HISTORY HELD IN JAVAKHK
26. May 2006 JAVAKHK INTELLECTUALS TO DISCUSS THOROUGHLY STATE EXISTING IN REGION
24. May 2006 ARMENIA ANXIOUS ABOUT SITUATION IN JAVAKHK
19. May 2006 PROVOCATION FROM TBILISI
18. May 2006 AKHALTSIKHE LIBERATION BRIGADE AGAIN THREATENS ARMENIANS OF JAVAKHETI
18. May 2006 ARMENIANS OF JAVAKHK AGAIN THREATENED
18. May 2006 AKHALKALAKI BASE PULLOUT IN PROGRESS
17. May 2006 GEORGIAN LEADERSHIP PREFERS APOSTATE, TRAITOR AND SEPARATIST AS IMAGE OF ARMENIAN
12. May 2006 MESKHETI TURKS WILL SETTLE IN TSALKA
12. May 2006 THE JAVAKHQ SOLDIERS WILL NOT BE DEPRIVED OF THEIR HOMES
12. May 2006 Georgia's Contagious Separatism
12. May 2006 Georgia troops to secure safe withdrawal of Russia base
11. May 2006 A Detachment Of 50 Members In Javakhq
11. May 2006 DEFENSE MINISTRY OF GEORGIA DEPLOYED SQUAD OF 50 IN JAVAKHETI
11. May 2006 "SRBOTS ZORAVARATS" CHAPEL RE-OPENED IN AKHALTSKHA
3. May 2006 ARMENIAN ORGANIZATIONS OF JAVAKHK PROPOSES TO GEORGIAN AUTHORITIES TO DISCUSS ISSUE OF SECURITY GUARANTEES OF JAVAKHK
30. Mar. 2006 LANGUAGE RIGHTS ISSUE FUEL DISCORD IN GEORGIA
29. Mar. 2006 GEORGIA IS ON THE VERGE OF SPLIT
29. Mar. 2006 PARUYR HAYRIKIAN: "WE SHOULD PERCEIVE GEORGIA AS OUR COUNTRY AND ON THE CONTRARY"
25. Mar. 2006 The situation in Tsalka is calm
21. Mar. 2006 INFORMATION PROGRAMS OF AKHALKALAK AND NINOTSMINDA TV COMPANIES TO PASS TO SELF-FINANCING
21. Mar. 2006 WHAT SAMTSKHE-JAVAKHETI NEEDS
20. Mar. 2006 JAVAKHK ARMENIANS TAKE LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE (in Russian)
20. Mar. 2006 Council of national minorities established in Georgia
16. Mar. 2006 ARMENIAN ORGANIZATIONS DEMANDS INTRODUCTION OF SECOND STATE LANGUAGE
16. Mar. 2006 ARMENIANS IN GEORGIA'S JAVAKHETI REGION WANT ARMENIAN DECLARED OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
16. Mar. 2006 ANALYST SPEAKS OF RECENT POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS
15. Mar. 2006 GEORGIAN STATE DOESN'T ENSURE ARMENIAN CITIZENS' SECURITY ANY LONGER, ARMENIAN COOPERATION CENTRE OF GEORGIA EMPHASIZES
15. Mar. 2006 GEORGIA: ETHNIC ARMENIAN MP, NGO CONCERNED ABOUT TENSION IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE
15. Mar. 2006 RUSSIA DENIES GEORGIAN-BASED SERVICEMEN INVOLVED IN PUBLIC PROTESTS
15. Mar. 2006 THE EVENTS OF TSALKA WERE AT THE CENTER OF ATTENTION OF THE ARMENIAN EMBASSY IN GEORGIA (in Russian)
14. Mar. 2006 HRAZDAN MADOYAN: JAVAKHETI WAS NEVER PART OF INDEPENDENT GEORGIA
14. Mar. 2006 GEORGIAN AUTHORITIES RESPONSIBLE FOR INCIDENTS AGAINST ARMENIANS IN JAVAKHETI
14. Mar. 2006 POLITICAL GROUP URGES ARMENIA TO ACT AMID TENSION IN SOUTHERN GEORGIA
14. Mar. 2006 GEORGIA'S MIGRATION POLICY TO BLAME FOR TENSION IN ETHNIC ARMENIAN REGION - PUNDIT
14. Mar. 2006 Second front for Armenia to become fourth one for Georgia
14. Mar. 2006 In Tsalka took place Gevork Gevorgyans funeral (in Russian)
13. Mar. 2006 GEORGIA IS EXPORTING TENSION, STATEMENT OF "UNITED JAVAKHK" (in Russian)
12. Mar. 2006 Georgia's Ombudsman conducted press-conference regarding Tsalka events
11. Mar. 2006 SEVERAL THOUSAND PEOPLE RALLIED IN AKHALKALAK (in Russian)
11. Mar. 2006 SETTLERS FROM SVANETIA AND AJARIA ARE CREATING AN ETHNIC IMBALANCE, STATEMENT OF "UNITED JAVAKHK" (in Russian)
11. Mar. 2006 SETTLERS FROM SVANETIA AND AJARIA ARE CREATING AN ETHNIC IMBALANCE, STATEMENT OF "UNITED JAVAKHK" (in Russian)
11. Mar. 2006 GEORGIAN AUTHORITIES ARE TRYING TO BREAK THE WILL OF ARMENIANS SAYS "UNITED JAVAKHK" (in Russian)
11. Mar. 2006 Georgia's Ombudsman visits Karen Baloyan in hospital (in Russian)
10. Mar. 2006 Ethnic clashes in Tsalka (Georgia): police used force
10. Mar. 2006 Ethnic clashes in Tsalka (Georgia): victims reported
09. Mar. 2006 Supreme Spiritual Council Discusses Armenian Diocese of Georgia
20. Feb. 2006 JAVAKHK: AN OVERVIEW OF ARMENO-GEORGIAN TENSIONS
17. Feb. 2006 EDUCATIONAL SITUATION TERRIBLE IN JAVAKHQ
14. Feb. 2006 RIOT OF JAVAKHETI ARMENIANS IS
"PREMISES FOR COLLAPSE OF GEORGIAN STATE"
14. Feb. 2006 Demand For Autonomy Within Georgia Is Inalienable Right Of InhabitantsOf Javakh, Yerevan Conference Participants Underline
14. Feb. 2006 Samtskhe-Javakheti May Suffer Same Fate As Nakhichevan
20. Jan. 2006 MAJORITY RULE OR RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY?
18. Jan. 2006 GEORGIAN CHAPEL OPENES IN CENTER OF AKHALKALAK
17. Jan. 2006 CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS TOUCHES UPON SITUATION FORMED ROUND ARMENIAN DIOCESE OF GEORGIA AT HIS MEETING WITH GEORGIAN FOREIGN MINISTER
17. Jan. 2006 RA PRESIDENT AND GEORGIAN FOREIGN MINISTER DISCUSS ISSUE OF PRESERVING ARMENIAN MONUMENTS IN GEORGIA
17. Jan. 2006 72.2% for displacement, 18.8% for Georgianisation
15. Jan. 2006 Ilia II postponed his visit to Akhalkalak
11. Jan. 2006 THERE ARE NO ARMENIAN UNIVERSITY BRANCHES IN GEORGIA, ARMENIAN OFFICIAL SAYS
07. Jan. 2006 Georgian Financial Police Seals Armenian Universities' Branches In Samtske-Javakheti
06. Jan. 2006 The Georgian Orthodox church enters the political arena
06. Jan. 2006 Riding the Potato train
30. Dec. 2005 The report of the Georgian Ombudsman on the state of religious freedom in Georgia (in Russian)
30. Dec. 2005 "United Javakhk": Javakhk needs help of the whole Armenian world
30. Dec. 2005 Armenian Church representatives are surprised with the appeal of Georgian Orthodox Church
27. Dec. 2005 United Javakhk issues a statement on the activities of the Akhalkalak branch of Tbilisi State University
21.Dec. 2005 Orphanage or ghetto? (in Russian) and English
19. Dec. 2005 The Georgians have a short memory (in Russian)
19. Dec. 2005 "United Javakhk" comments the incident on the Georgian-Armenian border (in Russian)
17. Dec. 2005 Everything is fine in Javakhk
17. Dec. 2005 Armenian Organizations worried about the state or Armenian Churches in Georgia (in Russian)
16. Dec. 2005 Armenia's Ombudsman urges his Georgian colleague to intervene in Javakhk (in Russian) and in English
16. Dec. 2005 Armenian MP about Samtskhe-Javakheti events: violation of national minorities' rights leads to revolt
15. Dec. 2005 No way out for the Javakhetian Armenians
14. Dec. 2005 Strategic gaps in the Armenian political consciousness
12. Dec. 2005

The volunteers of the Karabakh war write to Saakashvili (in Russian) and in German

12. Dec. 2005 Samtskhe-Javakheti residents raided custom houses at the Armenian-Georgian border
11. Dec. 2005 Incident in Javakhk and Another Incident in Javakhk
5. Dec. 2005 Anti-armenian hysteria (in Russian)
4. Dec. 2005 "Georgian Diocese in Georgia": the insults go beyond reason (in Russian)
14. Nov. 2005 Armenia's Ombudsman checking on the state of Armenian monuments in Tbilisi (in Russian)
15. Oct. 2005 Georgia Looking for «Russian Trace» in Javakheti Provocation
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13. Oct. 2005 Recurrent Attempt to Tense Situation in Samtskhe-Javakhk
12. Oct. 2005 New unrest in Javakhk prompts warning from Erevan
08. Oct. 2005

Tension in Javakhk rooted in socio-economic situation

06 Oct. 2005

Tension in Javakhk increases

28. Sep. 2005 Call for autonomy sparks concern
28. Sep. 2005 A. Migranian offers to settle issue of RF Military Base withdrawal in trilateral format
26. Sep. 2005 Armenian organizations of Javakhk urge autonomous status
26. Jul. 2005 Armenia allocates 350.000 to implement programs in Javakhk
2. Jun. 2005 Andranik Margaryan and Zurab Nogaideli to hold working meeting in Javakhk
6. Apr. 2005 Large demonstration in Javakhk marks increased tension
13. Mar. 2005 Les Arméniens de Géorgie dénoncent leurs conditions de vie
22. Jan. 2004 Georgia in Transition: Implications for Armenia and Javakhk
27. Sep. 2002 For Javakhk Armenians home is where the base is
1998 The question of Javakheti
26. Feb. 1997 Armenians from Samtskhe-Javakheti to hold referendum