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  • Javakheti is Facing New Provocation

    28 April 06

    It is almost a fact that Javakheti has appeared on the
    Russian-Georgian theater, though it is situated rather far from the
    borders of both countries. However, sure enough, it does not hinder
    Russians from transforming this region into an epicenter of
    anti-Georgian movement. On April 26 the inhabitants of Javakheti
    blocked the way of the armored radio communication car, which had set
    off from the Russian Military Base 102, stationed in this city.

    The inhabitants of Akhalkalaki say they blocked the way of the armored
    car because it means the withdrawal of the military base has already
    begun. The Armenians of Javakheti are dissatisfied because when
    Russians leave, their life will become harder. Russia is skillfully
    using this card to guarantee its military presence in Georgia through
    the Armenians of Javakheti. However, the Russian policy seems to be
    acquiring elements of a double provocation. On April 27 the Russian
    Federation urged the Georgian government to guarantee the security of
    withdrawal of the Russian military base. Mikhail Kaminin, a Russian
    foreign ministry official, stated that Moscow waits for Georgia to
    take necessary steps in Akhalkalaki.

    Obviously Russia is calling Georgia for applying force against the
    Armenians of Javakheti who protest against the withdrawal of the
    Russian military installation. In other words, Moscow is asking
    Tbilisi to punish the same Armenians who are reflecting the interests
    of the same Moscow.

    Sure enough, a trick is played on Javakheti, and the Russians are
    exposing Javakheti to two dangers. The method of ethnic provocations
    failed, now the relations with the Georgian government are
    employed. In other words, facing the imminent reality of losing
    military presence, the Russians want to make a maximum use of this
    imminent reality. One can imagine Georgian forces trying to disperse
    the inhabitants of Akhalkalaki, protesting against the pullout of the
    Russian forces. One can also imagine Russian channels showing
    videotaped images of cruel repression of Russia's friends, people whom
    the Russian military base gave bread, and the Georgian forces give a
    strike. Fortunately, the Georgian government has neglected these
    provocations so far.

    The minister of internal affairs Vano Merabishvili announced that
    Russia is responsible for complications that occur during the
    withdrawal of the Russian military base. Merabishvili also guaranteed
    that there would be no mass protests against the withdrawal of the
    Russian military installations from Samtskhe-Javakheti. Nevertheless,
    it is certain that the withdrawal of Russian military bases may cause
    greater trouble than the past years of its stationing. At any rate it
    is clear that there is a demand for government level provocations
    along with the withdrawal, which means that the event on April 26 will
    not be the last.

    Who will benefit from this? This question should not interest the
    people of Javakheti, for they should have known the answer of another
    question ` who will suffer from these provocations. Moreover, the
    answer of this question might become quite tangible in some time.