Armenian Youth Seeks to Assist Javakhk

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Representatives of various political parties–non-governmental organizations–analysts–and Javakhk Armenia’s took part in a conference titled "Challenges of Javakhk in the 21st Century" held in Yerevan on Tuesday and organized by the Nigol Aghbalian Student Union of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF).

Ishkhan Saghatelian of the Union said Armenian youth should not remain indifferent to Georgian authorities’ policy of ridding Javakhk of Armenia’s.

Historian Ashot Melkonian said that Armenia’should submit requests to the Georgian government–such as having an Armenian envoy in Javakhk and establishing an Armenian Apostolic Church diocese there.

Haikazun Alvrtsian–in turn–said that it is not right to ignore the joint efforts of Azerbaijan–Georgia–and Turkey to empty Javakhk of Armenia’s.

"This is the implementation of pan-Turkism through economic means that would place Armenia in a complete Turkish blockade," he said–adding that Armenia’should participate in Javakhk’s educational projects by establishing branches of Armenian universities and setting up funds for teachers. "This is not interference in Georgia’s affairs–this is something the Georgian constitution and international norms allow for," Alvrtsian went on to say.

Khachik Stepanian–the director of a news agency–said that according to international standards any measures aimed at changing the demographic makeup of a region are illegal. If Georgian President Saakashvili considers Georgia a democratic state he should not deny Javakhk autonomy–he said. "We see Georgia as a federal country where Javakhk has autonomy," Stepanian concluded.

After the conference–the Nigol Aghbalian Student Union issued a statement reflecting Armenian concerns about Javakhk and suggesting solutions.

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