Georgia, Tbilisi, 25 January / Trend corr. N.Kirtskhalia, S.Ilhamgizi / The Georgian leadership considers that the implementation of special program will assist in Azerbaijanis integration in the Georgian society, but Azerbaijanis themselves have doubt in the process.
A special program directed to integration of Azerbaijanis living in Georgia into the Georgian society has been launched. The key issue is the educational system, Zurab Melikishvili, the governor of the Kvemo Kartli region, stated to Trend on 25 January.
According to Melikishvili, the administration school named Zurab Jvania has been functioning for two years within the framework of the program. The representatives of ethnic minority groups may study the state language as well.
"The integration of Azerbaijanis into the Georgian society envisages study of the Georgian language, although they would be taught the native Azerbaijani language," The Education and Science Ministry reported to trend.
The statement concerning the ways of settling of ethnical minorities in Georgia was made by Michael Saakashvili, the Georgian President, on the eve of the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasburg.
The President stated that the key goal of the program was the educational issue of Azerbaijanis living in the country. Saakashvili noted that the job problem of Georgian Azerbaijanis would also be tackled in the near future.
The Georgian Educational and Science Ministry reported to Trend that the integration of Azerbaijanis into the Georgian society envisages the study of the Georgian language. However, Azerbaijanis will be allowed to teach the native Azerbaijani language.
However, the Azerbaijanis living in Georgia have not been familiarized with the existence of such document. "We were surprised with such a statement by Saakashvili and did not know the presence of such a document," Alibala Askarov, the head of the Heyrat Popular Movement of Azerbaijanis in Georgia, stated to Trend.
"If there is such a program I have doubt that the problems of national minorities have been included into the program. I believe the common integration principles have been reflected in the program," Askarov informed. The integration in the Georgian society should not lead to the assimilation of the native Azerbaijani language, national self-consciousnessand rights of national minorities.