TBILISI (Armenpress/Civil.GE)–The Georgian ministry of refugees and resettlement reported that approximately 1000 applications have been submitted by Georgian families wishing to relocate to Georgia’s Tsalka district.
150-strong unit of Interior Troops were dispatched to the southern multi-ethnic district of Tsalka on May 11–following clashes between local ethnic Armenia’s and Georgians on May 9. Several people were reportedly injured.
Ethnic Armenia’s comprise 57% of population of Tsalka district in the Kvemo Kartli region–which has a population of around 20,000–according to the Georgian department of statistics; 4,500 ethnic Greeks–2,500 ethnic Georgians–and up to 2,000 Azeris live in the Tsalka district.
Local officials had described the clashes between ethnic Georgians and Armenia’s sporadic "communal violence," which has flared-up in the past several years.