Posted 17 February 2009 - 03:23 PM
GEORGIAN AUTHORITIES CREATED A NEW HOTBED OF CRISIS IN JAVAKHK
- - From the first hours of the arrests in Akhaltskha, it was clear to us that because of the day-by-day increasing interest of the international community in problems of the Armenians of Georgia and , the Georgian authorities would create a new hotbed of crisis in . It is clear that it will be easy for them to speculate on Akhaltskha arrests trying to depreciate the demands of the Georgian Armenians. - Could you make detailed comment on the two directions of the pressure that Georgia tries to exert?
- If we speak of the influence on the Republic of Armenia, in this field the Georgian authorities aim at converting the all-Armenian little-by-little increasing interest in protection of the legal rights of the Armenians of into a subject of Armenian-Georgian negotiations and demanding the Armenian authorities to neutralize the process. - In case of the international community, under the conditions of Russian-Georgian crisis in the South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the aim of the Georgian authorities is to provide the neutrality of the geopolitical partners of Georgia in final destruction of the public-political structures of the Armenians of and to silence them. What do you think, Mr. Artsruni, what must be done in this case?
- As we told before, not the official Armenia but the Armenian NGOs and the Armenian Diaspora should return an answer to it. issue is an all-Armenian issue, and like the issue of recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the whole nation and the Republic of Armenia can pursue different strategic directions in it.
There are precise international mechanisms for protection of the rights of the Armenians of Georgia and as ethnic minorities. And the Georgian authorities cannot leave them out of account in case of corresponding pressure of the Armenian and Diasporan NGOs.
Besides, since the summer of 2008, an atmosphere of fear and disappointment has been created in because of series of arrests, terrors, court procedures and other arranged and planned acts carried out by the Georgian state structures. The court procedures of the leader of the United Democratic Alliance Vahagn Chakhalian and other Armenian political activists of took place and go on with disgraceful infringements of the law.
In case of systematized and consistent presentation of the above-mentioned facts to the corresponding international offices, we will succeed in binding the Georgian authorities to stop this process of silencing the Armenians of Georgia and taking into consideration the rights of the Armenian minority.
Taking the opportunity, we again and again call on all the Armenians and especially the Armenian Diaspora not to be disorientated and to demand from Georgia by all lawful means to solve all the issues raised by the Armenians of and Georgia.
- Translated by L.H.