High Rates Charged for Power in Akhalkalak

TBILISI (Noyan Tapan)–The leadership of the Armenian-populated province of Akhalkalak in southern Gerogia unilaterally decided to raise rates on electricity being provided to the region by Armenia–Akhalkalak regional representative Melik Rayisian told the Covcaspress news agency.

Rayisian stressed that the regional government did not have the authority to make such a decision–concluding that the rate hike was directed toward the Armenian residents of the region.

The leader announced that since Nov. 10 a total of 125 Georgian laris have been paid for the electricity received from Armenia. An outstanding debt of 100 Georgian laris still remains.

Georgian energy minister Davit Mirtskhoulava told Covcaspress that the regional government’s actions were illegal and pledged that he would personally resolve the matter.

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