AKHALKALAK (A-INFO)–The Council of Armenian Organizations of Javakhk announced conditions for endorsing candidates and parties in the upcoming parliamentary elections of Georgia.
Signed by the Akunk and A-Info unions of Akhalkalak–the Sports and Culture Union of Javakhk–the Lernashkhar Union of Ninotsminda–and the Charles Aznavour Culture Union of Akhaltskha–the statement–in part–states that "Ethnic Armenian citizens of Georgia have the right to live freely and fully on the entire territory of Georgia."
Noting that ethnic Armenian citizens should contribute unconditionally to the strengthening of Georgia–it calls on the Georgian government to–in turn–"honor the rights of all of its citizens–create favorable conditions for their political–educational–cultural–social–economic and other needs."
Other provisions include a higher level of self-governance in the regions populated by Armenia’s–and recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the government of Georgia.
On the economic front–they call for banks to be established in the predominantly Armenian-populated regions of Samtskhe-Javakhk and Kvemo-Kartli–in order to encourage industrial and agricultural development and spark establishment of small and medium-size businesses.
In education–they ask for an increase of teachers’ salaries–instruction of Armenian history in schools–and the opening of a Yerevan State University branch in Akhalkalak. Stressing the necessity to preserve cultural values–the statement calls for Armenian youth to have the opportunity to receive proper education.
In the social sector–they emphasize the importance of increasing pensions and salaries–and the gradual return of lost savings to the population.