GEORGIA'S ARMENIANS DEMAND OFFICIAL STATUS FOR ARMENIAN LANGUAGE IN 2 DISTRICTS WITH ARMENIAN POPULATION
The press release points out that the United Javakhk had earlier demanded that the Georgian authorities should officially recognize the fact of genocide committed against Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire in 1915, authorize teaching Armenia's history in Armenian schools in Georgia, sponsor excursions to Armenia for pupils of Armenian schools in Georgia, and adopt a law on protection of ethnic minorities' rights.
"To date, these demands have not drawn a positive response from the Georgian authorities," the press release says. The document points out that the United Javakhk is set to resort to all constitutional methods of political dialogue to attain the above goals.
"On March 31, a massive rally attended by thousands of people took place in Akhalakaki despite numerous obstacles caused by the Georgian authorities and local police," the document asserts. The authors of the document allege that the rally brought together about 9,000 people. The demonstrators protested against the authorities' plan to pull out the Russian military base from Akhalakaki. Leaders of the United Javakhk told the audience about the results attained after the previous rally, which took place on March 13. Among other things, they said, the authorities opened a passport office in Akhalakaki, and promised to study the feasibility of teaching Armenia's history in Armenian schools in Georgia.
The United Javakhk also turned to Garegin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, with a request to grant the status of a diocese to the Javakheti district hosting Georgia's Armenian diaspora. Finally, the organization applied to the Armenian Government with a request to contribute to the region's economic development.
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