Azerbaijani villagers upset over Iranian businessman’s purchase of grazing land in Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, March 22 /Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
Iranian businessman Rashid Manesh has acquired 5000 acres of farmland in the village of Iormuganlo in the Sagarejo region (Kakheti, in eastern Georgia) which is mainly populated by Azerbaijanis. Gamgebeli of the municipality Gia Chalatashvili told the Kakheti Information Centre.
Residents of the village sent a letter to the President of Georgia requesting him to return their lands where cattle grazed.
"No one has taken away the land from the population. These lands were owned by the state and the government sold them. The Iranian businessman acquired 5000 of the existing 10,000 hectares. He paid 6 million lari ($ 1 = 1.65 lari). The remaining 5000 hectares can be used by the local population, prior to their sale," Chalatashvili said.
Chalatashvili noted that, the Georgian president will present the lands that are in actual use in Ivrischala and located near the village, to the local residents.