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Double genocide policy

2011-05-27 12:46

Double genocide policy. 17601.jpegThe parliament of the Caucasian republic has admitted the genocide against Circassians; still, the mass elimination of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire for some reason remains beyond the Georgian authorities' attention. And that's clear. Too close connections with Yerevan mean serious problems in relationship with Ankara, which is Tbilisi's largest trade partner, and with Baku. Thus, like an obedient pupil afraid of political isolation, Georgia is steadily keeping to the double standards policy after its American sovereign.


Despite the fact that the genocide against Armenians since 1915 has been legally admitted and criticized by many world countries and influential international organizations, Georgia takes time to follow their example. The United States of America have three times criticized the carnage in the Ottoman Empire; however the term "genocide" has never been voiced by a single American governor and the government of the Caucasian republic, which is very afraid of losing the favour of its patrons completely, has hastily rejected the letter from the Georgian Armenians asking to initiate a relative draft law.

It is quite obvious why Turkey is vehemently waving off the Armenian issue. Since the times of Kemal Ataturk, the political and intellectual elite of the Islamic republic never thought of distancing itself from the crimes committed by former functionaries of Ittihad and formed a coalition with the regional and tribal leaders who received great revenue from the deportation of the Greeks and Armenians. Even now that Ankara is already a member of the North-Atlantic Alliance and eager to enter in the European Union, Turkish PM Recep Erdogan keeps to the traditions of nationalistic policy: "We did not commit that crime and have nothing to apologize for. He who is guilty may apologize. However, the Turkish republic and the Turkish nation have got none of such problems".

Besides, in 2008, General Prosecutor's Office started a criminal manhunt for the local intelligentsia who arranged a campaign called "Armenians, forgive us". And though the recognition of the genocide is not a mandatory condition for entering in the continental interstate union, the Council of Europe, European Parliament and UN Commission for Military Crimes are hinting Turkey at the normalization of relationship with Yerevan on the sensitive matter. However, if Ankara admits the crimes against the Armenian people, the latter will have the right to demand repatriation and alienation of the twelve Turkish provinces captured by the Ottoman Empire. Of course, the current Turkish government will never agree to the borders demarcation, no matter how hard one tries to cajole it into such thing.

However, it is very difficult to solve the tangle of discrepancies, for the problem of Nagorny Karabakh also draws Azerbaijan, which remains loyal to the Turkish republic, into the dangerous triangle. That is why Georgia that has found itself between a rock and a hard place after having admitted the genocide against Armenians is facing the risk of losing the Muslim world's confidence in the Caucasus. The official Tbilisi preferred following political environment and instantly forgot about its orthodox "brothers" in order to continue receiving regular tranches allegedly spent on the revival of the Georgian economy. In the latest years, the inflow of the Turkish-Azerbaijani capital has grown enormously, which fact enhanced Georgia's dependence on its strategic partners.

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