Problems Of Armenian Community Of Abkhazia Have Only Socio-Economic

PROBLEMS OF ARMENIAN COMMUNITY OF ABKHAZIA HAVE ONLY SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND EDUCATIONAL CHARACTER, COMMUNTIY CO-CHAIRMAN SAYS

Noyan Tapan
Armenians Today
Dec 14 2006

YEREVAN, DECEMBER 14, NOYAN TAPAN – ARMENIANS TODAY. The
representatives of the Armenian community of Abkhazia have no problems
on ethnic ground, but have many socio-economic and educational
problems. Galust Trapizonian, Co-chairman of the Armenian community
of Abkhazia, said this at the December 14 press conference. In his
words, several Armenian villages were completely exterminated after
the operations and the women bear the burden of working. And though
the situation has changed to some extent at present, As G.Trapizonian
assured, they pin hopes only on themselves, as in his words, "no
foreign force has ever asked about our needs and helped us." The
community’s Co-chairman said that they have many things to do in
connection with the parliamentary elections to be held in Abkhazia. In
G.Trapizonian’s words, the community is going to nominate five Armenian
candidates at these elections. In the words of Sergei Vardanian,
editor of the Dzayn Hamshenakan newspaper, instead of former 128
Armenian schools only 37 work at present in Abkhazia, the pupils’
number has decreased. He said that RA Ministry of Education and
Science allocates seats for Abkhazian Armenian youth at Universities
every year, but the latters’ parents find it difficult to send their
children to Yerevan due to bad material conditions.

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