SITUATION IN JAVAKHK REACHED DEADLOCK OVER ABSENCE OF STEPS FOR CHANGING SITUATION
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Yerkir
14.06.2006

The socio-economic problems of Javakhk are urgent for the governments of Armenia and Georgia, chairman of "Javakhk" friendly association Shirak Torosian stated in Yerevan. In his words, the situation reached a deadlock because no one takes serious moves to change the situation. "No serious investigations are carried out to reveal the causes of the tension. Instead some Armenian politicians make public statements that conflict with the interests of Armenia and the Armenian population of Samtskhe-Javakhetia. Sometimes it seems they do not even know where Javakahk is located," Torosian remarked. Shirak Torosian underscored that the region is an Armenian historical land with aboriginal population, which standing on a geopolitical crossroad can play an important role for the improvement of the Armenian-Georgian relations.

"The Georgian language is essential for the integration of Armenians into the state structures. The Armenian language should be recognized as the second state language in the region. It's inadmissible to prohibit it," the association chairman said. As for the idea of independence of the region, Torosian considers that presently the necessity of raising the level of the local administration is more urgent. "The Akhalkalaki authorities should have the right to form the budget and deal with the cultural and educational issues. Separatism is not in the interests of Armenians.

If Georgia becomes a federal state Javakhk will become a unit of the federation. Unlike Abkhazia and South Ossetia we do not strive for separation," Shirak Torosian stated.