/PanARMENIAN.Net/ According to some Turkish and Azeri sources, Baku and Ankara intend to increase pressure on Georgia for “federalization” of the country.
Turkey and Azerbaijan are going to urge Tbilisi to restore Ajaria’s de facto autonomy, to grant a special status to the Azeri minority of Kvemo-Kartli and repatriate Turks-Meskhetians to Georgia.
Ajarian autonomy has been actually abolished by Saakashvili’s government in 2004. Pursuing a tough policy of “georgification”, Tbilisi forces Ajars to register as Georgian Muslims. Turks-Meskhetians are urged to restore “their Georgian surnames.”
Azeri media quoted a source in the Foreign Ministry as saying that Baku launches the procedure of granting Azerbaijani citizenship to the residents of Georgia’s Kvemo-Kartli (Borchaly). The source said that upon completion of the procedure, Azerbaijan will demand a status of autonomy for the region and in case of Georgia’s rejection will send troops there, RBC-daily reports.
Meanwhile, Milliyet Turkish daily quoted a Turkish MFA official who, on condition of anonymity, spoke of ‘guarantees of Turkic population in Georgia.’ Creation of a federation is the only way to maintain Georgia’s territorial integrity, according to him.