Georgia’s Constitution Must Reflect Javakhk Autonomy

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The recent political developmen’s in Georgian promoted the vice chairman of the parliament’s standing commission on foreign affairs Armen Rustamian Wednesday to urge that the autonomy of Javakhk be incorporated into the Georgian constitution.

During a press conference–Rustamian said that according to its constitution Georgia is already a federation.

"There are already three ‘subjects’ [regions] that have asserted their position [as autonomous entities within the federation]–thus there would be nothing wrong to accept the will of the people of Javakhk–who find it an imperative to become an administrative unit within Georgia’s constitution," said Rustamian.

The parliamentary leader emphasized that such a categorization does not signify separatism–since that issue has never been discussed nor–in his opinion–it should become a topic of discussion.

He clarified by saying that the aforementioned variable would mean that Javakhk will become an autonomous self-governing unit within Georgia.

"As to how that autonomy will work–that must be determined within the framework of the Georgian constitution–based on ability and Georgia’s responsibilities within the international community," explained Rustamian.

He opined that the issue must be resolved through open and extensive discussion and analysis among all segmen’s involved in the process–without outside or foreign intervention.

Rustamian explained that such a dialogue will only benefit the current political standoff in Georgia and further strengthen Armenian-Georgian relations. Any status decision for Georgia must be directed toward resolving problems and obstacles for the people living in the area.

Rustamian added that the current tensions in Georgia signal that issues and problems with its citizens have never been discussed and a lengthy evaluation is an imperative in resolving this crisis–in order to ensure that outside forces do not take advantage of instability in Georgia–an aspect which would not benefit Armenia.

In conclusion–Rustamian praised Armenia’s current policy toward Georgia–explaining that Armenia’s recent restructuring of Georgia’s debt already signaled its neighborly intentions.


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