Georgia’s Prime Minister Pledges To Expand Development of Javakhk

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili (right) comments on the socio-economic development of Javakhk in response an inquiry by ANCA Fellow Lilit Gasparyan at an Atlantic Council briefing


ANCA Engages Prime Minister on the Socio-Economic Situation in Javakhk During his First Official Visit to Washington

WASHINGTON—Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili pledged to develop all the regions of the Republic equally, including Javakhk (Samtskhe-Javakheti), during an address at the Atlantic Council held as part of his first official visit to the United States this week, reported the Armenian National Committee of America.

“We have a plan to develop all regions and without making any separations or any discrimination,” explained Prime Minister Garibashvili. “Please be sure that I treat Samtskhe-Javakheti as any other region. Samtskhe-Javakheti is my region. I mean all country is my regions. I don’t separate it from other regions.”

The comment came in response to a question by ANCA Fellow Lilit Gasparyan, who noted the poor economic situation in Samtskhe-Javakheti prompted by past discriminatory practices. “To correct this, would you agree to have a portion of the international assistance, in this case U.S. aid, be earmarked clearly for the socio-economic development of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region,” asked Gasparyan.

“We welcome Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s public affirmation, here in Washington, of his government’s prioritization of economic development in Javakhk and all the regions of Georgia, and hope that this constructive commitment will translate into concrete action, including the acceptance of development assistance being offered by Armenian communities around the world,” noted ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian.

During his visit to Washington, DC Prime Minister Garibashvili met with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, prior to offering remarks on February 25th at Atlantic Council. The Prime Minister also spoke about Georgia’s European Integration Process. and confirmed that the EU’s Association Agreement with a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Component will likely be signed in July.

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  1. Armenian said:

    It’s encouraging to see a more-inclusive Georgia in terms of their ethnic minorities. The approach they had shortly after they became independent from the USSR on could have been devastating for both us and for them. I’m glad the xenophobic leaders of post-USSR Georgia have gradually faded away into the background and it seems like they’re starting to realize that neglecting the Armenians of Javakhk is just as much of a disservice to them as it is to us. Ignoring the plight of any ethnic group, especially in a small and relatively weak country like Georgia, puts both them and the ethnic group at hand in a very dangerous position and allows both of them to be subjected to foreign meddling. The Caucasus is a very dangerous region to play games like the ones the initial leadership of Georgia had in mind but I’m more upbeat about this recent change in attitude on their part.

    I hope they understand that alienating Armenians will get them nowhere and that working together for a better Javakhk is in the interest of both countries.

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  4. Jack Kalpakian said:

    There is a sudden outburst of common sense in Georgia with “Misha’s” departure.

    Let us hope it continues.

  5. petermegerdum said:

    Javakhk (Samtskhe-Javakheti) has oil deposits and that is why Georgia wants to keep it desparately. Armenia should talk to Georgia about a shared energy development. If that does not work, talk to Putin and make up a good excuse to invade. Give the Javakhk (Samtskhe-Javakheti), Russian passports and the really are being persecuted so that is not a lie so now you can invade Putin style.

    • Armenian said:

      Neither Javakhk nor Georgia have oil.

      Stop talking about invading other countries. Before eyeing someone else’s territory, let’s clean up the mess in our own house first.

  6. petermegerdum said:

    Don’t forget that two of the most nastiest people in the USSR, Stalin and Beria both of whom were mass murderers and rapists were both Georgian so that should not suprise us. When the dug up Beria’s house (the former head of the NKVD) predecesor of the KGB, they found a torture chamber and many human skeletons buried in the backyard. Beria was particularly fond of raping and murdering little girls. This is historical fact.

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