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Tbilisi teetering on the brink of genocide2011-04-20 20:02
Specifics of the official Tbilisi's relationship with the rest of the world can harm even the psyche of the most skillful diplomats. Machiavelli, Talleyrand and Metternich would break their bones trying to get through the impenetrable jungles of Georgia's foreign policy. Minister of Defense Bacho Akhalaya's recent visit to Yerevan confirmed the local officials' love for sitting on several chairs at once. His attempt to strengthen connections with Armenia, including by way of discussing the genocide against Armenians, will evidently hurt Georgia's ties with Azerbaijan, though it took President Saakashvili a lot of efforts to set them up in due time.
evidently hurt Georgia's ties with Azerbaijan, though it took President Saakashvili a lot of efforts to set them up in due time.
Akhalay's trip was marked by several statements at once that must have echoed in Baku corridors of power. Of course, the main initiative that may cause Azerbaijan's anger is the invitation of Armenian military men to undergo training at Sachkher School for mountain shooters. As was underlined by the head of the Georgian military administration, the republic wishes to share its multi-year experience of taking part in the international operations. And it does not matter that the country gained experience by way of sending its soldiers to the Afghan slaughter.
Such overt spit towards Azerbaijan is surprising, indeed, especially in the context of the head of the Georgian state Mikhail Saakashvili's last-year delight that pushed him to the idea of a confederacy between Tbilisi and Baku. And now Minister Akhalaya offers Azerbaijan's actual enemy help in training the troops.
Many experts have stressed the danger of the top Georgian officers' irresponsibility. "Georgia and Azerbaijan are connected by strategic partnership and we cooperate in various directions. Military cooperation between Georgia and Armenia will cause Baku's dissatisfaction. Such cooperation with Armenia may be catastrophic for Georgia. It creates an unpleasant situation in the region from the viewpoint of our highlighted neighbourly relations. One cannot take up some special position in respect of a country confronting Azerbaijan and Armenia, for it will cause the other party's irritation", - a famous expert Irakly Sesiashvili stated on the matter.
Indeed, a sudden slant towards Yerevan will negatively affect Tbilisi's positions in the Transcaucasian triangle, Azerbaijan-Armenia-Georgia. It is obvious that Baku feels most confident in this geopolitical configuration, and that is why the Armenian politicians' desire to strengthen their positions in the region looks absolutely natural. A hard situation with Nagorny Karabakh simply forces them to seek for allies. But why is Georgia openly interfering in the conflict? The status of an arbitrator or, at least, a moderator in a dialogue between two opposing states is too much for it. It looks like the reason is Georgia's unchanged desire to fit the title of a South-Caucasian "hegemon" that Tbilisi has given to itself with evident pleasure. Though, the notion of "poking one's nose in everything" would suit better here.