Ethnic minorities in Georgia must learn and use state language, says parliament speaker

Ethnic minorities in Georgia must learn and use state language, says parliament speaker
# 10 September 2015 13:11 (UTC +04:00)

He noted that the ethnic minorities living in Georgia are citizens of this country who enjoy full rights.

“If I decide to move to another country to live there, I will have two goals: to preserve my language and to learn the language spoken by locals. Therefore, the state must ensure both languages are learned. For this reason, ethnic minorities are supposed to both preserve their own language and learn and use the state language. The Georgian government and parliament are carrying out necessary activities in this regard. The government has already adopted the law “On the state language” which provides specific measures to assist ethnic minorities residing in Georgia in learning the state language,” said the parliament speaker.

Usupashvili said the creation of a fully integrated civil society depends on the process of learning the state language.

There are some problems this area, however they can not be eliminated within one or two years, because they have historical reasons, the parliament speaker said.

“We had previously lived in the Soviet Union, the largest multinational country. Then we have gained our independence, and we need time to learn the language. I wish the process of learning the state language to further speed up,” he completed.

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