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Tbilisi Chose a Turkic Position?2010-04-23 19:05
Not only the relations between Armenia and Turkey suffered as a result of non-recognition of the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire. The friendship of Armenia and Georgia is up in the air, too. While the Armenian President Serge Sargsyan suspended the process of settlement between Ankara and Erevan, Armenian journalists quarrelled with the Georgian embassy because of its silence concerning the genocide. And at that moment the Azerbaijanian citizens of Georgia supported the Turkish position which is obviously close to the official Tbilisi, too.
Georgia tried to beat along the wind between the Armenian and Turkic interests but at last it has almost given up. It stumbled over the issue of the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire.
Tomorrow the Armenians of the whole world will celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Day of Mets Egern (Great Slaughter) made by Turks. Traditionally before this date the Armenian lobbies of all countries activate their efforts aimed at promoting the related resolutions.
The fact of that genocide has already been recognized by many countries. The first to do it in 1965 was Uruguay that was followed by Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina.
The overwhelming majority of the US states (42 of 50) have also assessed the Armenians' deportation and famine in Turkey as intentional extermination of a nation. And this year the issue of the 1915 events was solved positively by the Congress Committee for International Relations. But it is still a question if this resolution will be brought up for the discussion of all congressmen. Much depends on tomorrow's speech of the President Barak Obama who «bought» the Armenian electors by his promises to recognize the genocide.
However, experts got the number of the White House quite a long time ago and consider the threat of recognizing the Armenian genocide by the United States just a method of political pressure on Turkey. It was expected that it would quickly ratify the Armenian and Turkish protocols and open the Armenian border. And Turkey, offended by the congressmen, on the contrary, started doubting and froze the reconciliation process. So almost no outlook has remained for the transit of American troops and arms from Iraq through Turkey and Armenia.
Armenia that promised to consider the protocols immediately after Turkey felt that it was just losing points because of the forced Turkish and Armenian process. Yesterday the Armenian President Serge Sargsyan suspended the procedure of establishing diplomatic relations with Turkey. Before that the governing coalition of Armenia had declared that the protocols serve the interests of Ankara, and for Armenians they became just an obstacle on the way to international genocide recognition. In addition, they are used for international pressure on Erevan for the purposes of settling the Nagorny Karabakh conflict.
Though several American clutch to Sargsyan's words on the «completion of the current phase» and expect that the negotiations will go on, it is clear that the process has come to a dead end.
Against this background Georgia has not ventured to give an intelligible answer to the Armenian non-government organizations which 10 days ago urged the Georgian Parliament to recognize the Armenian genocide. The deputies said the issue should be considered on the academic level, and the political decision should be made taking into account the friendly relations with all the neighbouring countries. Translated from the diplomatic languages it means refusal.