YEREVAN (Arka)—Armenian should be officially delegated as the second administrative language in Georgia’s Javakhk region, Gaspar Karampetian, Chairman of the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (ANC of Europe) said today at a news conference.
“The majority of Javakhk Armenians have no command of the Georgian language, and our main demand to Georgian authorities is to make Armenian the second administrative language,” he said.
Karampetian is convinced that this demand is a legal right of Javakhk Armenians, who are full-right citizens of Georgia.
He said that the European Armenian Federation is discussing the matter in Georgia and in Brussels.
“Upon completion of the presidential election we will continue negotiating, and we hope Javakhk Armenians will have Armenian as the second administrative language, since the matter is very important to them,” Karampetian said.
Javakhk sits on the junction of the Georgian, Armenian and Turkish borders and is an area populated by Armenians. Some 91 to 97 percent of Georgia’s Armenians live in Javakhk.