JAVAKHK (Yerkir)–According to the director of International Conflict Studies Georgi Khutsiashvili–the current socio-economic instability of Javakhk continues to trouble the local population. Khutsiashvili was speaking at a conference of three Caucasus republics–organized by the Fridrikh Nauman Foundation; the conference is presently underway in Yerevan.
Khutsiashvili stated that his views were backed by several sociological polls conducted in Georgia to examine human right violations of minorities residing in Georgia.
Almost 90 percent of Javakhk’s problems are of economic origin–stressed the professor–adding that the Russian Military base of Akhalkalak contributes to regional instability.
The withdrawal of the base in 2004–he stressed– would benefit all.
Responding to a Yerkir daily’s reporter who commented that the Military base employs thousands of ethnic Armenia’s–thus ensures their livelihood–Khutsiashvili commented that Georgian authorities should develop a socio-economic policy for Javakhk in order to create jobs for the population. "Unfortunately the Georgian Government has failed to do so," he concluded.