Anti Armenian Sentimen’s in Javakhk Blamed on Former Police Chief

TBILISI (Armenpress)–During a press conference Wednesday–Georgian presidential representative [governor] of the region–Giglia Baramidze accused the former police chief of Javakhk–Vladimir Akhalkatsu of collusion in anti-Armenian incidents in the region.

Baramidze said that during a speech at the assembly of the Democratic Rebirth Society in Batumi–Akhalkatzu announced that the presidential representative of the region had called on him to kill two members of the Georgian-Armenian organization called Javakhk–adding that he had received the orders directly from Georgia’s national security advisor Nugsar Sajayayi who had cleared the order with Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze.

Baramidze stated that statemen’s made by Akhalkatsu were "nothing but lies and aimed at initiating inter-ethnic conflict."

The presidential representative said that he would sue Akhalkatsu–who was appointed chief of police of the Samtskhe-Javakhk region. Due to a reorganization of the internal security offices–Akhalkatzu was relieved of his duties–and currently serves as a deputy interior minister in the Adjarian region of Georgia.

Baramidze asserted that announcemen’s such as the one made by Akhalkatzu aimed at creating tension between Armenian and Georgian communities and promote hatred among various ethnic groups which have co-existed in the region for decades.

The presidential chief opined that these tactics were organized to influence the upcoming Georgian parliamentary elections–as well as elections for the chiefs of the autonomous regions of Georgia,

"These types of announcemen’s are unacceptable and have a certain political goal–one of which is to create a schism in Georgian-Armenian relations," said Georgian presidential spokesperson Vakhtang Abashidze.

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