(A-INFO)–The leader of the Armenian community of Ajaria Armen Gevorgian–said that it should not come as a surprise that the Armenia’s of the autonomous Georgian republic back its leadership. Gevorgian explained that the allegiance to President Aslan Abashidze–began in the early 90s when the St. Savior Armenian church in Batumi and surrounding territory were returned to the Armenian community because of Abashidze’s efforts.
Abashidze also put forth a special order that would allow the Batumi Armenian school to remain operational under any circumstance. "Mr. Abashidze promised that the school would continue operations–even if only one pupil remained," said Gevorgian.
He also explained that Armenia’s in Ajaria are not oppressed. In 1993–Abashidze signed a special order to protect the rights of national minorities. "Unlike Armenia’s in other provinces of Georgia–those in Ajaria have an opportunity to watch Armenian state TV–and with Abashidze’s support–publish the "Aghbyur" Russian-language newspaper," said Gevorgian.