Shevardnadze Appoints New Representative to Javakhk

TBILISI (Yerkir)–Georgia’s President Eduard Shevardnadze appointed Kela Kvaratskhelia as the government’s new representative in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of southern Georgia with an ethnic Armenian majority population concentrated in the districts of Akhalkalaki and Ninotsminda. Kvaratskhelia replaces Temur Mosiashvili.

The new representative was born in Abkhazia and graduated from a secondary school in Rastavi. As a leader in Komsomol (the Young Communist League)–Kvaratskhelia traveled and worked in various regions of Georgia.

Talking to journalists–ethnic Armenian member of Georgian Parliament and vice-chairman of the Union of Georgian-Armenia’s Van Baiburdian said that Kvaratskhelia’s position on the resettlement of Meskhetian Turks in Javakhk is similar to the position held by the residents of the region.

Baiburdian–speculating on why Mosiashvili was replaced–said that the representative is a mild and polite person for whom it was at times difficult to maintain control.

According to other sources–Mosiashvili was replaced because he would not completely obey orders from Tbilisi and his stance on international politics often differed from those of the Georgian government.

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