Base Withdrawal in Akhalkalak Will Affect Local Population

TBILISI (Armenpress)–The representative of the Governor of the Samtskhe-Javakhk region in Georgia (predominantly populated by ethnic Armenia’s) Gigla Baramidze said that one to two years is not enough time for the Russian military base in Akhalkalak to withdraw–because the base is closely connected with the social-economic problems of the local population. As Baramidze told the Prime News Agency–about 1,200 people of the 15,000 inhabitants of Akhalkalak work in the base and keep families consisting of 4-5 members. He said that the president of Georgia gave instructions stipulating regulations of social-economic and employment problems of the local population connected with the base’s withdrawal.

Preparations for the withdrawal are being realized and according to the plan–more than 60 units of military hardware units were pulled out and the authority of the 15th military unit–where a hospital will open–was passed to the authorities of the city.

Gigla Baramidze also denies reports of Armenia’s of Akhalkalak serving in Abkhaz army. A representative of the Governor of the Samtskhe-Javakhk region of Georgia–Gigla Baramidzeh denied reports which claimed that many Armenia’s living in Akhalkalak served in the revolutionary army of the succeeding Republic of Abkhazia.

As Baramidzeh told the Prime News Agency–besides the Armenia’s living in Abkhazia–there are also Abkhaz converted Georgians–Circassians and other North Caucasian nationals serving in the battalion named after Armenian Marshal Baghramian in the Abkhaz army.

In his words–no Armenia’s from Samtskhe-Javakhk region are among the soldiers of this battalion.


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