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How Torosyan displeased Tbilisi2009-06-24 13:21
The ban on Armenian Deputy and head of Javakh public organization Shirak Trosyan's entrance to Georgia has triggered a scandal. Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs even sent a protest note to Tbilisi. The situation is getting more piquant in view of President Mikheil Saakashvili's visit to Armenia today. How will he look in the face of his counterpart Serge Sargasyan after that?
The Armenian Foreign Ministry expressed its discontent over the ban on entrance of the Armenian National Assembly Deputy to Georgia. Then several Armenian public organizations turned to the Georgian authorities calling them to provide explanations to Shirak Torosyan who also is the head of Javakh union.
On Friday the parliamentarian was stopped by the Georgian border guards at the checkpoint. He was kept in uncertainty for an hour and then was prohibited to enter the country. "The border guards told me they were simply acting under the order from above. I didn't get any other explanations", - Torosyan told the journalists. He planned to take part in the meetings with Georgian Foreign Ministry representatives, a number of public organizations and the press on the initiative of Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Germany). Hot discussions on the status of national minorities in Georgia were expected.
Mighty Fatherland party (Armenia) took the border incident "as an attempt to abrade friendly relations between two countries", - Tert.am reports. "We believe the incident was an attempt made by certain authorities of Georgia to avoid discussion of problems of national minorities in Georgia", - the statement of the party goes. The party presses for explanations from the relevant services, exposure of culprits and "immediate elimination of obstacles".
Samtskhe-Javakh council of Armenian public organizations gives the same evaluation of the event. "We don't believe such a decision of the Georgian authorities incidental in the run-up to Georgia president's visit to Armenia and we call on the relevant services of Georgia to punish the organizers of this deliberately hostile act", - the authors of the statement demand.
Mitk analytical center states in its turn that Mikheil Saakashvili must apologize to the people's representative and the inhabitants of Samtskhe-Javakhetia, a Georgian region populated by Armenians, during his visit to Armenia. As highlighted in the statement disseminated by the center this is an unprecedented case in the history of two countries. The center's analysts believe the Georgian authorities are trying to keep people struggling for a fair resolution of existing problems as far from Javakh as possible. "Considering the deputy comes from Gandza village of Javakh and has a lot of relatives there we think the Georgian side has put a moral affront on Shirak Torosyan", - Mitk statement reads.
In spite of such a stormy reaction in Erevan Tbilisi is not in a hurry to respond to the presented claims. Only Nino Burdzhanadze chairing Democratic Movement - United Georgia opposition party expressed her opinion on the ban of Torosyan's entrance on Tert.am's request. "I believe it incorrect to forbid a deputy of a legislative body of a different state to enter the country all the more this is a friendly state, our partner", - she stated. According to her Georgian Foreign Ministry must give explanations and have well-grounded reasons why this decision was taken. If there are none, the deputy deserves apology, Burdzhanadze believes. "It is very important that Georgian and Armenian parliaments have good-neighborly normal relations of partnership", - the oppositionist underlined.