YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Melik Raisian–a Georgian parliament deputy of Armenian origin–denounced Azerbaijani parliament members for trying to drive a wedge between the Georgians and ethnic Armenia’s–residing mainly in Georgia’s Samtskhe-Javakhk province.
Earlier–several members of Azerbaijani parliament said that the population of Akhalkalak–the administrative center of the province–have territorial claims towards Georgia. Melik Raisian called these announcemen’s "provocative."
Georgian prime news agency quoted Raisian as saying that "there are no intentions to lodge either territorial claims or demand autonomy." As Raisian said–the Azerbaijani parliament is not entitled to discuss the issue of Akhalkalak and "it is the Georgian parliament that is entitled to consider the created situation in the region."
Two members of Azerbaijani parliament have evaluated the recent clashes between the ethnic Armenia’s and customs officers of Georgian origin at the Armenian-Georgian border–as an intention of local Armenia’s to demand autonomy.
The Azerbaijani deputies demanded that their parliament should discuss this issue next week in an attempt to show Armenia’s as having territorial claims not only towards Azerbaijan but Georgia as well.