The Meskheti-Turks residing in Azerbaijan are concerned about the delay of the bill consideration in the Georgian Parliament regarding their return to their native lands. 300 delegates representing 70,000 Meskheti-Turks residing in Azerbaijan made an appeal at the 6th Congress of the process acceleration, the Chairman of the Azerbaijani Society of Meskheti-Turks, Ibrahim Burkhanov, exclusively informed Trend.
The appeal has been forwarded to the President and Parliament of Georgia, Council of Europe and OSCE. There is an open dialogue between the Georgian Government and Meskheti-Turks. Meskheti-Turks want to return to their native lands, but discussion of the bill in the Georgian Parliament is delayed and we are concerned about this. Meskheti-Turks are sure that the Georgian Government and community will make a fair decision on this issue and the Parliament will confirm this decision by adopting a relevant law, said the appeal.
Commenting on the results of the Congress, Burkhanov said that during the Congress, he was elected as the Chairman of the Society. In addition, the Congress confirmed the new composition of the Council comprising of 23 persons. The previous 5th Congress of the Meskheti-Turks residing in Azerbaijan was held in year 2000 in Baku. Moreover, the 1st worldwide Congress of the Meskheti-Turks took place in the same year.