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Uninvited guest better than Vashadze2010-10-05 13:21
Grigol Vashadze's visit is just another chance to compare Tbilisi's foreign policy with the behavior of a delinquent child who yells "Vasya is a fool" insulting Vasya's parents and then begging them all for forgiveness. The same is true for Georgian FM: realizing what resentment his statement on the Russian military base in Gyumri stirred in Yerevan, he went to the capital of Armenia with the "peace pipe".
The trip does not look surprising also in connection with stunning success of the recently held meeting between Dmitry Medvedev and Serge Sargsyan. Anything the Russian state achieves on the international arena is a bone in Saakashvili regime's throat. It was the reason why Georgian minister is trying to neutralize diplomatic progress made by the Russian president.
Besides, here is a new turn in Georgian-Armenian tensions with regard to temporary closure of Upper Lars checkpoint. It will be reminded that the Georgian side announced halt on operation of the checkpoint last week referring to mysterious "technical reasons". However, this explanation can hardly be trusted especially after the address by Georgian refugees protesting against Armenia's refusal to support the resolution "State of internally displaced persons and refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and Tskhinvali district/South Osssetia (Georgia)" at the UN General Assembly. Representatives of the refugees call to block Upper Lars checkpoint as a punishment to Yerevan. Official Tbilisi seems to revive good old practice disguising unseemly acts with "requests of the public". In Yerevan Vashadze displayed astonishment trying to present the situation as a minor embarrassment. However, it is hard to believe that the head of Georgian ministry for foreign affairs knows nothing of the problems in one of the major points on the country's border.
Grigol Nodarovich seems to fail to conquer his bullying that Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili infected the whole of his political elite with. Yerevan-Tbilisi relations are going through a most complicated period. There is a lot Mr. Vashadze did to make things worse. Here, as it may seem, is a perfect chance to show his diplomatic skills and correct his own mistakes. Still, Georgian FM was happy to step on the same rake: not only did he offend Armenians mentioning eternal and unshakable friendship between Georgia and Azerbaijan but he also stated there is no such a place as Javakh on the map of Georgia. There is no such a region in the territory of the country, this is what Vashadze said. Well, maybe the minister of foreign affairs simply predicts that Javakh will follow the example of Abkhazia and South Ossetia also gone from the map of Georgia forever.
Tigran Tavadyan, Erkramas newspaper for Armenians of Russia editor-in-chief thinks that Vashadze's statements are completely in line with guidelines of Georgia's policies toward national minorities. "Georgian historians do not acknowledge existence of the Armenian historical territory in Javakh. We all know it very well. However, let Vashadze himself go to Javakh and ask locals where they live", - Tavadyan said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes.
According to him, what Georgian FM says does not impact Tbilisi-Yerevan relations at an official level, though it might be a heavy blow to public connections. "Our countries do face problems that escalate without statements by the head of Georgian ministry of foreign affairs. There is a catastrophic situation with Armenian churches, Armenian education, and political rights of Armenian population in Georgia. So it is fair to say that Vashadze is nothing here. His words, whatever they are, don't change anything", - the representative of the Armenian diaspora in Russia is sure.