Javakhk Residents to Appeal for Recognition of Armenian as Regional Language

AKHALKALAK, Georgia (Armenpress)–The Akunk Union and Armenian members of Akhalkalak city council expressed their intention to appeal to Georgia’s President to recognize Armenian as a regional language
The Akunk Union is joining the initiative of the Akhalkalak city council’s Armenian members, who are going to appeal to the Georgian President and Parliament to take the necessary measures to adopt Armenian as a regional language along with Georgian as the state language, reported the Arm-Info news agency.
According to the source, the initiators urged the representatives of political and public organizations of Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo-Kartli regions to support the regional municipalities’ demand to recognize the Armenian as a regional language.
In other Javakhk news, the leader of Georgia’s Orthodox Church, Catholicos Illia II, arrived in Akhalkalak Monday, the administrative center of the mostly Armenian-populated province of Samtskhe Javakheti.
The local A-Info news agency said Illia II flew from Tbilisi by a helicopter and was welcomed in Akhalkalak by police officials of Akhalkalak and Ninotsminda.
In Akhalkalak Illia II visited a Georgian church, lit candles and went on to meet monks at a monastery located near the church.
Khachik Ayvazian, head of the local administration, told A-Info he was unaware of Illia II’s visit.
Sources said, Illia II had no plans to visit an Armenian church during his visit.
The lead expert from the Georgian Human Rights Commission and the coordinator of national minority issues visited Javakhk earlier this month.
Human Rights expert Beka Mindiashvili and national minorities coordinator Koba Chobliani met with representatives of the Armenian Council Mels Torosian, Davit Rstakian, Azat Shibaktsian, Vachakan Rstakian and Artak Kaprielian.
The organizational council leaders discussed the issues facing the Armenian population of Samtskhe-Javakheti region, European Commission-established guidelines, the Georgian and Armenian language versions of these documen’s, as well as a series of letters and documen’s submitted to high-level Georgian officials prior to the meeting.
The Georgian human rights experts were interested in discussing the change in Armenian school principals and the learning of the Georgian language.
During the three-hour long meeting, the sides discussed other issues impacting the Armenian community of Javakhk. The human rights experts promised that the issues brought up the community representatives would receive due consideration and will nor remain unanswered.


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