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The armenian attorney is banned from defending Vahagn Chakhalian’s interests

On the eve, Vahagn Chakhalian’s protector of rights Stepan Voskanian visited Tbilisi to meet the activist. At the place of confinement, the police prevented Stepan Voskanian to meet the accused.

Vahagn Chakhalian is illegally deprived of freedom more than 7 months at Tbilisi #8 jail. The police officers told Stepan Voskanian that the latter’s license given on September 5, 2008, was not valid

“The license can be given once and consequently it does not lose its validity until the end of the trial. I am sure that all of these is specially planned, and aims at carrying on the lawsuit without the Armenian attorney. I think that Chakhalian will be sentenced illegally”, Vahagn Chakhalian’s protector of rights Stepan Voskanian told “Azg” daily.

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In Respect of the Detention of the Armenian Public Activists of Georgia

On January 22, 2009 the special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia detained Grigor Minasyan, the director of the Akhaltskha Armenian Youth Center of Samtskhe-Javakheti Region of Georgia and Sargis Hakobjanyan, the chairman of “Charles Aznavour” charitable organization. They were charged with “preparation of crime”, according to Article 18 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, and “formation or leading of a paramilitary unit” (Part 1 of Article 223) and “espionage” (Part 1 of Article 314).

The «Yerkir» Union considers these arrests as a deliberate provocation by the Georgian authorities, aimed at deterioration of the situation in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region and worsening the Armenian-Georgian relations in order to achieve the following objectives:

1.    To distract the gradually increasing attention of the international community from the trial of the Javakheti Armenian political activist Vahagn Chakhalyan, during which the leader of the «United Javakhk» and its advocates raise the concerns and problems of the Javakheti Armenians, and demand their solution, which impels the Georgian authorities to commit new and apparent violations and iniquities at the court proceedings. 

2.    By putting up the playing card of the «Armenian separatism» before the international community, to avoid complying with its international obligations on the protection of the rights of the national minorities, including the Armenian minority.

3.    By putting up the same «Armenian separatism» card, to push the Armenian authorities to new compromises when it comes to solution of the problems of the Armenians of Javakheti and Georgia.

Therefore, the «Yerkir» Union appeals to the international community, urging them to take immediate measures in order to halt the deepening crisis and to address the socio-economic, linguistic, educational and religious problems of the Armenian minority of Georgia.

The international community has an obligation to send a clear message to the Georgian authorities, emphasizing that they have no alternative to the solving the problems of the ethnic minorities living in the country. Only a democratic Georgia, respecting its ethnic diversity, can avoid further disruption and guarantee the sustainable development of the country.

January 23, 2009

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Funeral of Georgian democracy

Today, in front of the Georgian embassy in Yerevan, Armenia. In response to regular desecrations, vandalism and attempts (often successful) to appropriate Armenian churches by Georgian clerics.

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More about the vandalism of the Georgian priest Rev. (sic!) Tariel:
http://vesta923.livejournal.com/68250.html

http://pigh.livejournal.com/159737.html

http://ahousekeeper.livejournal.com/333711.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7R5arZtAjo
http://517design.livejournal.com/291934.html
http://www.e-channel.am/?topic_id=2372

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Update on Norashen.

Finally we got a reaction from our Apostolic Church.

The Armenian Apostolic Church (AAC) condemns the actions of the Georgian clergy in Norashen Church in Tbilisi, head of Holy Echmiadzin’s press office, father Vahram Melikyan told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter.

“We are hopeful that the Georgian church hierarchy will prevent further “initiatives” of father Tariel Sikinchelashvili,” he said.

On November 16, Georgian monk Tariel Sikinchelashvili instructed workers to raze to the ground the graves of Mikhail and Lidia Tamamshev.

This barbarian act outraged Armenians, who demanded to let the graves in their place. However, Father Tariel responded with harsh statements.

Upon arrival of representatives of the Armenian Apostolic Church and parliament member Van Bayburt, the Georgian monk said he just wanted to replace the gravestones to “clean under them.”

Policemen have filed a formal report about the incident.

A representative of Georgian Ombudsman also arrived at the site.

Watch video of barbarian act.

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Destruction of armenian graves in Georgia.

No words. Just photos.

How georgians are destructing armenian graves in the yard of Norashen church in Tbilisi.

 

Сегодня, 16 ноября, отец Тариел Сикинчелашвили вместе с рабочими, вооружёнными бульдозером, начали снос могил Михаила Ивановича и Лидии Петровны Тамамшевых, расположенных у армянской церкви Норашен.

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Baku launches the procedure of granting Azerbaijani citizenship to the residents of Georgia’s Kvemo-Kartli (Borchaly

/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.

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George Friedman on the Russia-Georgia conflict

The Russian invasion of Georgia has not changed the balance of power in Eurasia. It simply announced that the balance of power had already shifted. The United States has been absorbed in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as potential conflict with Iran and a destabilizing situation in Pakistan. It has no strategic ground forces in reserve and is in no position to intervene on the Russian periphery. This, as we have argued, has opened a window of opportunity for the Russians to reassert their influence in the former Soviet sphere. Moscow did not have to concern itself with the potential response of the United States or Europe; hence, the invasion did not shift the balance of power. The balance of power had already shifted, and it was up to the Russians when to make this public. They did that Aug. 8.

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