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Lordkipanidze takes up the torch from Vashadze2010-09-16 15:16
Passion over the UN's resolution on Georgian refugees still flares. Celebrating a small diplomatic victory Georgia started dissident hunt hitting Armenia for the second time over the recent period. Dmitry Lordkipanidze of the opposition condemns Yerevan's refusal to support the UN's resolution on Georgia despite recent opening of Upper Lars checkpoint, so important for Armenia.
"Everyone knows that the opening of Upper Lars checkpoint is beyond our state interests. We did it for Armenia", - Lordkipanidze resents. - Border opening has not been of any notable economic effect to us".
The parliamentarian has already asked Georgian FM Grigol Vashadze to register Yerevan's position and evaluate whether it is fair toward Tbilisi, Novosti-Georgia reports.
It's worth reminding that except for Russia and Armenia there were 14 negative votes against the politicized UN's resolution on Caucasus refugees. By all appearances, Lordkipanidze's mission won't be an easy one. It is quite possible that the Georgian parliamentarian will want to address all supporters of the "occupant".
By the way, the term above that Georgia holds so dear is playing first violin in Dmitri Lordkipanidze's political activities. Last July the opposition deputy proposed creation of the Council for Deoccupation of Georgia with a representative to be sent to the UN. "Creation of the Council must serve as a basis for the UN to strip Russia the occupant of its veto right. - In this case we will be able to bring international missions, as well as police forces to the occupied territories without Russia's consent".
Taking the veto right from the valid member of the UN Security Council looks like ready-witted Lorkipanidze's know-how. With time, however, he did not realize absurdity of his initiative but stood his ground. A month later he made a public statement that if Russia's occupation of Georgia in 1921 was confirmed Moscow would be thrown out of the organization together with the veto right. "In compliance with the decrees the country that occupies the territory of another UN member can no longer be a UN member, particularly a member of the Security Council", - he emphasized.
Nonetheless, his desires were not meant to come true. But he did not give up coming hard on Freedom House, an honorable US NGO this winter for calling Abkhazia and South Ossetia "disputable territories" outside of Georgia. "The organization assigns a partly free status to Abkhazia which is completely unclear in connection with the region where fundamental human rights are violated every day", - Lordkipanidze, a law expert, was admonishing.
GeorgiaTimes correspondent asked Tigran Tavadyan, Erkramas newspaper of Russian Armenians editor-in-chief to comment on the activities of this eccentric Georgian deputy and his latest statement on Armenia.
According to him, there are a lot of inadequate politicians in Georgian history and in today's Georgian political reality. Their sickly passion is rivalry with Armenia and attempts to frustrate Yerevan's interests. "Such figures should first of all see whether Armenia has claims to Georgia before adopting such decisions through voting, and not associate all this with Russia, - Tavadyan says. - Georgian citizens of Armenian nationality keep facing discrimination in religion and education. It must be alarming to Lordkipanidze representing Georgia's opposition".