Ethnic Armenian Party in Georgia Denied Registration

TBILISI (Armenpress)–The Georgian Justice Ministry has refused official registration of Virk organization–uniting ethnic-Armenia’s in the Samtskhe-Zavakhk region on grounds that the organization’s declared activity does not comply with the country’s acting legislation–which bans foundation of regional parties.

David Rstakian–the leader of the organization–told Georgian Prime News that the explanation of the justice ministry was "invented," as the organization has set up chapters across the country.

Rstakian argued that the denial might have been prompted by several provisions in the party’s program which call for granting the mostly Armenian populated region an autonomy. He went on to say that a demand for autonomy did not mean a separatism drive to secede from Georgia.

"The life dictates that sooner or later Georgia will have to agree to a federative composition of the country and Javakhk must become one of its subjects," Rstakian said.

Rstakian also downplayed apprehensions that if granted autonomy Javakhk may later put forward a demand for uniting with Armenia. "All Armenia’s in Akhalkalaki and Ninotsminda (the two regions with mostly Armenian populations) are citizens of Georgia," he said.

Rstakian said the party would be convening soon a congress to outline its strategy and future activity plans.

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