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Georgian Leprosy

2010-08-19 12:31

Kvemo-Kartli region is situated in the south-east of Georgia with ethnic Azerbaijanis as the core of the population. In early 2000s they comprised 45.1% of the region's population. According to Dashgynu Gyulmamedov, president of the National Assembly of Azerbaijanis of Georgia (NAAG) the number of Azerbaijanis in Georgia is understated deliberately, and in reality the figure is 620 thousand persons. Where does this anti-Azerbaijani burst come from? Naturally in order to liberate this territory from aliens because of strategically important communications going through Kvemo-Kartli, e.g. Baku-Tbilisi-Jeikhan oil pipeline, in particular. Any questions? Saakashvili will die for a piece like this but won't allow anyone else to control it.

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Certainly, one might think that Mr. Bayburt is playing into the hands of Armenians in their confrontation with Baku. Still, in Armenia he is considered "a bad Armenian": for his years-long effort to hush down problems of the Armenian population in Samtskhe-Javakhetia he was nicknamed "Mikheil Saakashvili's clown". Well, clowns are different.

Formerly it was believed that the Azerbaijani nation had never advocated separatism supporting Georgia's territorial integrity: "People of Georgia can confirm that. In hard times local Azerbaijanis provided support to their motherland - Georgia. Recalling the events of not long ago - August 2008 - it is clearly seen how important Georgia's territorial integrity is to Azerbaijanis". Now what? If you are added to the same category. There must be some hard thinking. Still, it sounds like a voice in a desert.

The authors of the address believe that people who want to stir a national conflict have no room in Georgian government: "We ask you to dismiss the person who lost public trust and commits acts that damage Georgia' interests and position". But he won't ever be dismissed since he is pursuing Saakashvili's line. No matter how loyal you are to this regime, you will be squeezed out to your compatriots and accused of the breakdown of the Georgian state.

Then, there will come a time for Samtskhe-Javakhetia where Armenians were almost 90% before proclamation of Georgia's independence. Now this figure is lower. Nobody knows how much lower. Though according to NGOs and organizations that have nothing to do with Saakashvili's party, the notion "multi-national Georgia" is gradually becoming extinct.

The president of Georgia is constantly speaking about some outer aggression and danger. Still, judging by what he and his subordinates do, the diagnosis is clear. The state is infected with nationalist leprosy with whole pieces falling away from it leaving no chance of return.

Vladimir Anokhin

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