PARLIAMENT OF GEORGIA ANNOUNCED ABKHAZIA AND SOUTH OSSETIA OCCUPIED
by Yury Simonyan

WPS Agency, Russia
DEFENSE and SECURITY (Russia)
September 1, 2008 Monday

Tbilisi is prepared for a surge of separatism in other regions of
the country

YEREVAN IS NOT GOING TO ATTACK GEORGIA TOGETHER WITH MOSCOW TO
ESTABLISH AN ARMENIAN AUTONOMY; The Georgian press reported that the
military operation against Georgia was not over and henceforth it was
necessary to expect a blow from the south where "a few dozen combat
vehicles are concentrated on the Armenian-Georgian border and are ready
to start an invasion from the side of Armenia any moment." For example,
the Apsny.ge website says, "the latest statements of officials of
Armenia confirm the intentions of the Armenian to repeat the events
of 1921 and to arrange a mutiny with a follow-up invasion of Russian
troops to Dzhavakheti (a region of compact residence of Armenians
in Georgia)."

The Georgian press reported that the military operation against Georgia
was not over and henceforth it was necessary to expect a blow from
the south where "a few dozen combat vehicles are concentrated on the
Armenian-Georgian border and are ready to start an invasion from the
side of Armenia any moment." For example, the Apsny.ge website says,
"the latest statements of officials of Armenia confirm the intentions
of the Armenian to repeat the events of 1921 and to arrange a mutiny
with a follow-up invasion of Russian troops to Dzhavakheti (a region
of compact residence of Armenians in Georgia)."

Van Baiburt, one of the leaders of the Armenian Diaspora and
advisor to the President of Georgia, called these publications
prevocational. Baiburt said, "they could appear because during
the recent war days, Armenian tank trucks going to Georgia for
petroleum products were accompanied by military automobiles of
Armenian Defense Ministry to the state border." According to him,
there is no concentration of other military vehicles. Colonel
Seiran Shakhsuvaryan, press secretary of the Defense Ministry of
Armenia, denied publications of Georgian mass media. He added, "I
cannot say anything about Russian vehicles because this is not in my
competence." It seemed that the press service of the Russian Defense
Ministry heard about the appearance of forces from the Russian military
base in Gyumri near the Armenian-Georgian border for the first time.

Nonetheless, the situation in Dzhavakheti is far from calm. Mamuka
Areshidze, director of the Caucasian center of strategic research,
reports that among the Russian servicemen there are many of those who
have served at the 102nd base in Akhalkalaki (administrative center of
Dzhavakheti). Areshidze said, "they restarted contacts with the former
fellow-soldiers who quit the military service and remained to live
in that city. Some of them reported to the competent agencies that
Russians tried to involve them into a reckless enterprise. However,
the idea to demand autonomy for the region right now seemed tempting
to other residents of Akhalkalaki. Along with this, some organizations
of Dzhavakheti publish demands for autonomy for Kvemo Kartli, a region
where Azerbaijanis live, in the Internet." Overall, according to him,
Russian separatists have a separatist propaganda. For example, the
"Megrel card" is being played in the west of Georgia. According to
Areshidze, in contacts with the local population, Russians "remind"
that "Megrels are not Georgians but an ethnic group that has always
been inclined towards Russia." Areshidze concludes, "we expect
destabilization not only in Dzhavakheti but also in other regions of
the country."

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress