YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Head of the ARF’s parliamentary faction–Levon Mkrtchian–said that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) has a very clear stance on Javakhk. The ARF is for the territorial integrity and stability of Georgia.
Referring to the recent youth meetings about Javakhk–Mkrtchian said that they are concerned with the welfare and basic human rights of Javakhk’s Armenia’s.
He said that if Georgia is headed toward a federal system of government–which allows ethnic minorities to have autonomy–Javakhk should be taken into consideration. The issue of Javakhk’s cultural autonomy has been a matter of discussion since the Soviet years–he said.
Mkrtchian also added that Javakhk and Armenia are very closely tied because there are hundreds of thousands of Javakhk Armenia’s living in Armenia. Therefore–the problems of Javakhk also directly affect the internal politics of Armenia.