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Javakh received an evasive answer from Europe2009-12-03 16:52
The Georgian Armenians are clanging the European bells but there seems to be no noise. Yesterday, the Javakh expatriate community received an answer from European Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner to the inquiry about the rights of national minorities in Georgia. The answer contained nothing but a general promise to keep control over the situation, while the natives of the Armenian-populated region of Georgia had put specific questions and were expecting specific corrective measures.
Almost two months ago, the Javakh expatriate community in Russia sent an appeal to Europe asking to pay attention to the situation faced by national minorities in Georgia. However, although the West used to vehemently assert the rightness of the Georgian government during the conflicts in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, now it has made rather a quiet response to the problems of the Armenian population in Georgia.
The appeal of Javakhetia natives, whose relatives live in Javakhetia, contains the most urgent problems concerning the Georgian Armenians, as well as the ways of their settlement. The answer given by EU Commissioner for Trade Benita Ferrero-Waldner became an example of bureaucratic correspondence.
"As you know, ambitious purposes were agreed between EU and Georgia in the context of the European neighborliness policy... The agreement specifies the minorities' position as well. Obligations undertaken by Georgia include the rights of ethnic minorities and their safety, respect for property rights, such as the matter of signing and ratification of the European Charter of Languages of various regions and minorities. All these issues were discussed in the course of our regular political dialogue with Georgia, being the subject of a regular review within the report annually published for each country being member of the European Union neighborhood", - the letter says.
There is no sense in citing the Strasbourg message any further. It keeps repeating that Georgia has undertaken certain obligations and that the Europeans are watching the contour of events, including legal proceedings over Javakh activist Vaagn Chakhalyan.
It should also be noted that a session of the court of appeals was held in October in Tbilisi on the public leader of Javaketia, whose case the Armenians believe to be framed up. Benita Ferrero-Waldner promised then to take the process under control; however, the Georgian judges were never embarrassed by the Europeans' attention. The rights of the prisoner were never respected and a 10-year-imprisonment sentence remained in force. Now the attorney is appealing against it to Supreme Court of Georgia.