Ajaria’s Supreme Soviet Chairman Aslan Abashidze announced on September 21 that he has met with leaders of the ethnic Armenian organization Javakh, which exercises substantial control in two Armenian-populated districts of Georgia. Abashidze endorsed the Javakh leaders’ proposal to transfer the Armenian-populated Akhalkalaki and Ninotsminda districts to the Ajar Autonomous Republic. Most significantly, Abashidze supported the Javakh leaders’ stated goal to retain Russian troops in the Armenian-populated area of Georgia (Russian agencies, September 21).
Abashidze himself favors keeping Russian troops in Ajaria. These demands and the emergent Ajar-Armenian alliance look made to order for Moscow, enabling it to perpetuate the presence of Russian troops in Georgia in defiance of the central government’s wishes.
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