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Muslims of Ajaria request help from Turkey

2009-11-05 16:25

Mufti of the central mosque of Batumi, Kemal (Zurab) Teskhaladze says Turkey doesn't render enough support to Muslims in neighbouring Ajaria.

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"Georgia doesn't support Muslims and at the same time rejects all their proposals, so they need the support of Turkey", he said in his interview to 08 Haber newspaper, Vesti.Az report citing to IslamNews.

There's only one mosque in Batumi, though in neighbouring villages there are 170 of them.

"Unfortunately, some of our mosques are ruining. There are no imams, because we cannot pay them salary. Our religious figures don't get a coin from anyone, including me", Teskhaladze said.

"But in this aspect Georgia absolutely doesn't interfere with the affairs of the region, - he added. - The Muslim community itself decides who will be the mufti. The state imposes nothing and pays nothing. Now 23 mosques here are ruined".

 

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