President urges not to divide Georgian citizens based on national, religious lines
Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb. 2 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
People of different nationalities and faiths live in Georgia and they must not be divided, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said while speaking at a new technical college in Kachreti.
Saakashvili added that all Georgian residents, regardless of their nationality or religion, have equal rights to live in a developed country.
"Democracy is based on stability. Our economy is based on our stability. Our people are well aware of what internal conflict brings," Saakashvili said.
He said there are 200 active mosques in Adjara alone.
"We cannot speculate on this issue. You cannot divide people into Ossetians, Adjarians, Muslims ... or people with a regional accent. We've gone through all of this before," Saakashvili said.
He also stressed that he is often criticized for saying, "Georgia should be like Singapore."
But Saakashvili explained that he often uses this country as an example for Georgia as it is a vivid illustration of how a devastated country can quickly turn into a developed democratic state.
At the meeting, he also stressed the importance of technical education.