Journalist Comments On Situation in Javakhk

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Georgia’s mass media is continuing to report on the confrontation between the Governor of Samtskhe-Javakhk Gigla Baramidze and the local population. In an article published by the "Nega" newspaper–Nodar Broladze writes that the local government officials in all six sub-regions of Samtskhe-Javakhk passed a vote of no confidence regarding the governor Gigla Baramidze. It is the fifth month since they have been insisting on his recall from that post–but Eduard Shevardnadze has not yet made any decision.

Broladze writes that talks were held between those that oppose the governor including member of Georgian Parliament Melik Raisyan–Chairman of the Council of the Akhalkalak region Levon Gabrielian–and Leader of the regional organization of the Union of Georgia’s Citizens Zurab Khurtsidze–and those that support the governor who are the members of the administration of the Regional Policy Service of the State Office.

The concerns about Baramidze are the following:

1. Baramidze does not contribute to the execution of the regional budget. With his immediate involvement the funds are not properly spent and are being embezzled.

2. Baramidze does not provide accurate information to the President of Georgia. He exaggerates the political and social instability in the region–trying to emphasize his own significance.

3. Far from dealing with the current problems–Baramidze does not feel it important to visits the region in order to study any situation himself.

Broladze quoted Levon Gabrielian as saying that the population is tired–and Armenia’s–Georgians–and all others are upset with the current situation.

According to Gabrielian–Baramidze’s thoughtlessness results in social deman’s turning into political ones. In particular–Gabrielian pointed out that despite the attempts of some political groups to raise the issue of the region’s autonomy–the population’s can be appeased if the central authorities assist in solving major social problems and focus attention on the needs of the Javakhk region.

Zurab Khurtsidze’s opinion was also quoted–stating he believes that if the government is unwilling to relieve Baramidze of his post–the situation may cause undesirable consequences.

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