AKHALKALAK (A1plus/Armenpress)–On Monday–Rafik Arzumanyan–administrative head of Georgia’s Ninotsminda District–sent in his resignation to President Mikhail Saakashvili. Although reasons for his resignation are not cited–it is believed that Arzumanyan’s resignation is connected with the September 6 incident between the employees of Georgia’s National Security Ministry and ethnic Armenia’s in Ninotsminda.
As reported–two ethnic Georgians initiated a clash between Georgians and ethnic Armenia’s in the southern Georgian region of Ninotsminda on September 6. After drinking in a restaurant–the chief of the Georgian National Security Ministry’s local branch–and the deputy head of the Ninotsminda district council–attempted to fill up their car at a local gas station without paying–saying that Ninotsminda belongs to Georgians and everything should be free for Georgians.
After being denied free gas by the Armenian employee–the Georgian officials attacked and beat him. The local police interfered–but were unable to stop the shoot-out that followed a fistfight. The Georgian officials were arrested and transported to Akhaltsikha.