JAVAKHK (A-Info)–Representatives of political organizations gathered in Akhalkalak on June 12 to review the position of Akhalkalak residents concerning upcoming Georgian parliamentary elections. The discussion was organized by the Center of Reforms and Development of Democracy.
Concerns were raised about several Armenian organizations in Tbilisi having already endorsed certain parties while the Armenian community–in general– has not yet made a final decision. Some of the speakers–on the other hand–urged those present to support Armenian-Georgian friendship.
As reported in Asbarez on May 23–certain representatives of Armenia’s in Georgia decided on May 21 to support President Shevardnadze’s political platform in Georgia’s upcoming parliamentary elections. The gathering was organized and funded by Georgian authorities who also choose the participants–more than likely for their pro-presidential stance.
Certain Armenian groups at the Akhalkalak discussions sharply criticized the May 21 decision–conveying that Armenia’s should support those parties that pledge to pursue Armenian issues such as autonomy for Javakhk–state protection of Armenian cultural sites–and recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
As a result–the Akhalkalak gathering adopted a memorandum urging Armenian organizations not to make blanket statemen’s on behalf of the entire Georgian Armenian community–considering no organization is entitled to such a right. The memorandum also calls on the Georgian press to practice restraint and neutrality on reporting one-sided issues.