Resettlement in Georgia to be Done Gradually

MOSCOW (Noyan Tapan)–Georgian Parliament Speaker Nino Bourjanadze said Tuesday that resettlement of minorities within his country will occur gradually–especially referring to the proposed settlement of Meshkheti Turks in predominantly Armenian-populated region of Javakhk.

The Armenian population in Javakhk oppose the proposed resettlement as well as the withdrawal of the Russian military base from Akhalkalak.

The parliament speaker added that people living in the area were primarily Georgian citizens and they respect the law and order of their country. He explained that the Georgian government’s obligation toward the Meshkheti Turks has been placed upon the country by the European Council–however–the problem is one with no immediate solution.

Bourjanadze explained that the proposed resettlement must be done step by step in order to avoid new conflicts within the region.

As for the military base–Bourjanadze expressed concern since the majority of the Akhalkalak population are employed in the Russian base–the withdrawal of it will have a crippling effect on the economy and increase unemployment..

The Georgian Parliament is not going to reconsider its decision regarding the withdrawal of Russian peace-keeping forces out of Abkhazia–announced Georgian Parliament speaker Nino Bourjanadze during his interview to Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper.

He said him the Russian peace-keeping forces could not accomplish their mission and have wasted their opportunities. Bourjanadze thinks that 90 percent of Georgia’s population blames certain Russian interests–which previously were expressing their obvious support toward the separatist Abkhazia.


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