Georgian Political Analyst Says Repatriation of Meshkhetian Turks Dangerous

TIBILISI (Noyan Tapan)–According to Georgian political analyst Georgi Nodia–the mass repatriation of Meshkhetian Turks to Georgia will be dangerous due to the country’s current political situation.

The Meshkhetian Turks were forced to migrate from Georgia in 1944–however–the population of Samtskhe-Javakhk is likely to oppose their return–said Nodia during an interview with Prime News agency.

Nodia says that the people who have lived and settled in the region during the past several decades will aggressively oppose the repatriation of the Turks. According to him–the problem can only be resolved with the Georgian authorities providing clear explanations about the situation so that senseless fears and rumors can be diminished.

The exact number of Meshkhetian Turks willing to repatriate is still unknown–said Nodia–adding that rumors claim up to 300,000 might return. The political analyst said he believes the Georgian government is failing to formulate a clear policy on the issue–which can bring about undesirable consequences both inside and outside the country. Several committees in the Georgian Parliament are currently working on a bill regarding the repatriation of the Meshkhetian Turks to Georgia.

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