ARMENIANS OF JAVAKHK AGAIN THREATENED
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AKHALKALAK, MAY 18
NOYAN TAPAN

On May 16, leaflets in Russian of threatening character were spread in Akhalkalak. According to the A-Info agency, the leaflets contained the picture of a half moon and a star and the following was written under the signature "Brigade of Liberation of Akhaltsikhe": "The time of retribution for our humiliations has come. Remember 1915. Gevorgian died, the next is Rastakian". Gevorgian is the family name of the Armenian young man killed in March in Tsalka during the incident between the Armenians and the Georgians and Rastakian is the distorted family name of Co-chairman of non-registered party "Virk" David Rstakian. Representative of the Council of the Armenian NGOs of Javakhk Khachatur Stepanian reminded that such leaflets were also spread in October of the last year in Akhalkalak. According to him, at that time the representative of the National Security Service in Georgia "promised to reveal in short terms who threatens the population" but nothing has been done by now. "It only remains again to raise the question of guarantees of security of the Armenians of Javakheti before the Georgian authorities and the international organizations," Khachatur Stepanian concluded. On his part, David Rstakian declared that "if in connection with the withdrawal of the Russian military base from Akhalkalak the Minister of Internal Affairs and National Security declares about his confidence that the situation in Javakheti is under his control, he is obliged to reveal those who spread the leaflets".