TBILISI (Noyan-Tapan)–During an interview with "Sahat 24" newspaper–the leader of the "Javakhk" National Movement Norik Garabedian announced that the well being of the local population should be considered when speaking of the closure of the Russian Military base in Akhalkalak. He noted that approximately 3,000 residents are employed as a result of the base; they would–therefore–become unemployed. "Who is to take responsibility for our security once the base is closed; considering that Turkey is a NATO member–and Georgia is seeking desperately to gain membership–who will give us assurances that Turkey would not enter the area?" asked Garabedian.
He noted that the Turks have twice now massacred Armenia’s–and "Armenia’s will not allow it again; that is only possible with the presence [protection] of Russia in the area" he said. He announced that the population of Javakhk opposes Georgia’s membership in NATO and the closure of the Russian military base there.