AKHALKALAKI, Georgia (Armenpress)–Representatives of the Council of Armenian Organizations of Samtskhe-Javakheti met Saturday with representatives of foreign embassies and international organizations in Georgia to reiterate their desire to have Armenian be elevated to the status of a regional language, reported A-Info News Agency.
The goal of the meeting was to present the current political, economic and cultural situation of the predominantly Armenian southern province of Samtskhe-Javakheti and the Azeri populated province of Kvemo-Kartli, A-info said.
According to Artak Gabrielian, a member of the council, the Armenia’s of Samtskhe-Javakheti want the Armenian language to be designated as the language of the region. They also reiterated the community’s strong opposition to the government’s decision to build a prison in the Armenian-populated region
Georgia must respect its Council of Europe commitmen’s regarding its national minorities, said Khachatur Stepanian, another council member. Western governmen’s should press official Tbilisi not to ignore them, he added.