Sunday, June 24, 2007
Update on the Possible Repatriation of the Meskhetian Turks
In my last post I wrote about a bill in the parliament of the Republic of Georgia to allow tens of thousands of Meskhetian Turks to return to their ancestral homeland. According to the International Herald Tribune the bill passed by 134 to 14. It still has to go through two more readings. Even if it does pass there will still be obstacles to a large-scale return of the Meskhetian Turks to Georgia. But, the article in the International Herald Tribune notes that some 40,000 Meskhetian Turks have been actively trying to repatriate to Georgia even without the benefit of this new law. It is likely that this new law will increase the number of Meskhetian Turks attempting to settle in the land of their forefathers.