Conference Covers Rights of Javakhk Armenians

MOSCOW (A-Info)–Organized by the United Russia party and the Institute for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)–a conference titled "Where is Georgia Headed" took place on December 17 in Moscow.

Conference agenda items included the Political situation in Georgia and Georgia’s foreign policy; prospects for Georgian-Abkhazian conflict regulation; Russian-Georgian Relations; Samtskhe-Javakheti and rights of Armenia’s in the region (located in southern Georgia with a majority ethnic Armenian population concentrated in the districts of Akhalkalaki and Ninotsminda–known as Javakhk to Armenia’s).

Top politicians and analysts form Russia–Georgia–Abkhazia–Southern Osetia–Ajaria and Armenia as well as Torosian and Rstakian of the Virk party of Javakhk attended the conference.

Vladislavlev of the United Russia party opened the conference. Georgian Ambassador to Russia–Abashidze was present at the opening ceremony.

Discussing the situation in Javakhk and rights of Javakhk Armenia’s–conference speakers underscored the importance of autonomy for Armenia’s there–stating that such a move is the only way to guarantee security–integration and socio-economic and cultural development for Armenia’s.

The conference also covered the situation in Georgia–ethnic regions of Georgia–conflict regulation processes and various approaches–problems in Georgian-Russian relations and prospects to overcome these problems–Georgia’s foreign policy concept–relations between Georgia and the West and those between Georgia and Turkey–Georgia’s relations with NATO and its possible accession–the future of the Russian military bases in Georgia and conflicts throughout regions of Georgia as well as in Tbilisi.

Though opinions expressed during conference were diverse–participants nevertheless agreed that the conference contributed to the dialogue.

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