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Vashadze goes to make peace with Yerevan2009-09-04 17:20
Georgia has been a multinational country at all times. However, on obtaining independence, polyethnicity became a heavy burden for the authorities. Passions are running high around the recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and now relationship with another neighbor, Armenia, is also strained. Recently, President Serzh Sargsyan stressed the expediency of granting the regional status to the Armenian language and the necessity of legal registration of the Armenian apostolic church. Yesterday, a criminal incident took place at the border, while the media started talking about Armenia again. This is not going to do any good to the neighborly relations. Tomorrow, Head of the Georgian
MFA Grigol Vashadze is going to Yerevan with a two-day business visit. Will he manage to settle the escalated issues?
Problems have been growing in number recently. According to a number of Armenian media, the Georgian border guards have slightly shifted the border at some location. Tbilisi expressed discontent about the appearance of adjika (a kind of hot sauce) from Abkhazia in Armenian shops. The Georgians started grumbling that Abkhazia is being supported on the quiet. The statement of the president of Armenia about granting the status of a regional language to the Armenian language in Samtskhe-Javakheti turned to be an unpleasant surprise for Tbilisi. Disagreeable situations keep emerging in the region, which is mostly located by the Armenians. The regional population was very displeased with the Russian bases withdrawal from Georgia, for many people lost their jobs and means of living. The Armenian apostolic church keeps accusing Georgia of appropriation of the Armenian churches. Javakhk radical party is advancing political demands again and again, including the demand of autonomy. Up to recently, Yerevan has been helping Tbilisi to quench the separatist moods in Javakheti.
However, this week, the Armenian leader Serzh Sargsyan stated: "I believe that granting a regional status to the Armenian language, ensuring registration of the status of the Armenian apostolic church and the steps aimed at protecting Armenian monuments will contribute to strengthening the friendship and the atmosphere of mutual trust".