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The Diocese of Georgia of the Armenian Apostolic Church disagrees with the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs’ assessment on the incident that occurred nearby the Holy Etchmiadzin Armenian Church in Tbilisi.

And it will strive to achieve a thorough investigation and an equivalent qualification of the case, Diocese spokesperson Susanna Khachatryan stated.   

“We don’t not agree that it’s an ordinary hooliganism, and we will demand an investigation,” the Novosti Gruzia news agency quoted Khachatryan as saying.   

The  Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia had stated that the incident did not have ethnic grounds, it occurred on domestic grounds, and a criminal case is launched on charges of brawl.  

According to Diocese attorney Levon Isakhanyan, five clergy of the church had suffered injuries as a result of the incident. 

“What happened was the first incident of such extent. [But] the important thing is to do everything so that this kind of thing will not happen again,” Isakhanyan added.

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