Village Residents Accuse Monks of Promoting Drugs

AKHALKALAKI (Armenpress)–Residents of the Armenian village of Poka in the predominantly Armenian populated southern Georgian province of Javakhk–are becoming extremely concerned about the rapid spread of drug addiction among the young men of the village. They say that some 40 percent of the younger population has become addicted to drugs.

Citing "reliable" sources–the local Armenian A-INFO news agency revealed that monks of the Georgian Orthodox church–who recently established a monastery near the village–are promoting drug use by making them available to local youth at slashed prices. Human Rights Violations

The head of the public relations department of the United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG) Mamuka Komakhia–met with public representatives of non governmental organizations in Akhalakalak on April 10.

Komakhia was briefed on human rights violation throughout the region–particularly those concerning the local Armenian population.

The UNAG representative promised to discuss the issue with both Georgian government and non-government institutions.

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