Georgian nation on the verge of extinction: ex-president

Georgia Materials 9 January 2012 13:51 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 9 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /

Georgian Ex-President Eduard Shevarnadze is concerned over demographic situation in the country.

"The Georgian nation is on the verge of extinction and authorities do nothing to encourage large families," he said in an interview with the Asaval-Dasavali weekly.

Shevarnadze believes that Georgia is in the same position as in the 1930s, when the Georgians in the country were less than Armenians and Azerbaijanis.

"Then, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Georgia was Kandid Charkviani which took measures to remedy the demographic situation, so he succeeded in that, but was accused of nationalism and removed from office," he noted. "The authorities also led to nation's eradication as a result of misunderstanding of the problem."

The ex-president sees billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili's coming to power as a remedy to the situation.

"He is a pureblooded, true Georgian, and he will care of his nation," Shevarnadze said.