TBILISI–YEREVAN (Armenpress–Noyan Tapan)–An explosion of the largest Georgian thermal power plant rocked the Caucasus country–causing massive power outages and energy shortage.
Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze asked Russia and Armenia to increase their energy supplies to Georgia.
Hyenergo CEO Levon Yeghiazarian confirmed that Shevardnadze’s request had been received and the mechanisms for officializing the deal were being worked out.
According to Yeghiazarian–Georgia wants Armenia to provide 2 to 3 million kilowatt hours of electricity per day. Armenia already provides 60,000 to 100,000 kilowatt hours of electricity to Georgia’s Javakhk region on a daily basis.
Yeghiazarian added that Georgia’s electricity debt has reached $4.4 million–of which Georgia has only paid $400,000 in the past year.
During his weekly interview on Georgian radio–Shevardnadze described the incident as "regrettable and–moreover–tragic."
He said–however–that the situation was "not completely hopeless" and that a special group was already working on the restoration of power supply to the population.WASHINGTON–The Assembly of Turkish American Associations reported that nine prominent Jewish organizations in the United States wrote a letter to President George W. Bush–urging him to support Turkey–and in light of the Sept. 11 aftermath–consider increasing US Assistance to that country. Below is the text of the letter to President Bush.