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Georgian president sharply condemns Armenian activist’s amnesty

Georgia Materials 25 January 2013 20:23
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has accused the Prime Minister and Parliament of releasing an "enemy of Georgian statehood", Armenian activist Vahagn Chakhalyan.
Georgian president sharply condemns Armenian activist’s amnesty

Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 25 / Trend, N. Kirtzkhalia /

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has accused the Prime Minister and Parliament of releasing an "enemy of Georgian statehood", Armenian activist Vahagn Chakhalyan.
"This was an anti-state action," Saakashvili said. "A Russian General Intelligence Administration agent who is working to collapse Georgia and harm its integrity was pardoned."

He stressed that Chakhalyan is not an Armenian figure and does not work for Armenia. He is working to destroy Georgia's territorial integrity.

"The matter does not rest in Chakhalyan's ethnicity because many Armenians here honestly serve our country," he said. "Ivanishvili must understand that the offender, who was released at the request of the Armenian Patriarch Karekin II, is an anti-state figure. This is not only a big mistake, but a crime against our statehood."

The Georgian President stressed that this action will cause negative consequences for Georgia and will cause similar ramifications that the release of South Ossetian separatist Thorez Kulumbegov caused.

"Chakhalyan once desecrated a Georgian church and a museum in Akhalkalaki," the president said. "These actions were directed against Georgian statehood. He does not recognize Javakheti as part of Georgia and he is a person similar to Abkhaz separatist leader Vladislav Ardzinba. Ivanishvili does not know whom he has released."

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