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Minister: Azeris of Georgia must not be isolated

2011-08-29 16:26

According to the Georgian State Minister for Reintegration Catherine Tkhesheloshvili, Azeris, who do not know the Georgian language, must not be isolated from society. As reported by Trend, Minister of State expressed this view at the conference "Integration of Georgian Azeris in Society in the Context of the Azerbaijani-Georgian cooperation" in Batumi. The conference is held within the framework of events dedicated to 20th anniversary of independence of Azerbaijan.

"Georgia provides a full integration of ethnic minorities. All citizens of Georgia should be integrated into society regardless of their ethnic origin. In 2009, the concept of "tolerance and integration of citizens" was adopted. This concept also includes the integration of ethnic minorities into society" - State Minister added.

In Georgia, there is also being carried out works to preserve the individual characteristics inherent to national minorities, added Tkhesheloshvili.

"In Georgia, the sphere of education includes the preservation of differences. There is being carried out works on teaching Georgian Azeris Georgian language. They should not be isolated from society because of the ignorance of the state language. The universities have quotas for the Azeris. Before graduating Azeris are being teached Georgian language. This teaching is carried out by the state, and statistics show that it is successful, a growing number of Azeris are studying in the universities of Georgia" - said the Minister.

The state is interested in preserving traditions and customs of Azeris, she added.

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