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Turkey's spoiling Georgia's game2012-06-05 11:25
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has denied reports that Batumi was called a territory of Turkey in the Turkish history books. Meanwhile, Georgian Foreign Ministry has decided to seriously study this information, Georgian First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikoloz Vashakidze announced today.
"I hear about it for the first time. I do not know who is spreading such disinformation, and if you know its source, please tell me. We won't allow this, and I do not think I should answer this question", Turkish Deputy Prime Minister said at a press conference after his meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri, the GHN reported.
"Lawyer Shalva Khachapuridze has the documentary evidence, that is training materials, interpreting the status of the city of Batumi in such a way; and he has handed them to the government of Georgia. But they are delaying the answer under the guise of studying the evidence. Moreover, the authorities seem to be trying to deduce the Turkish side from an awkward situation. The very Turkish side argues these innovations have been introduced into history textbook very recently, and they had known nothing in Ankara", expert Konstantin Chikviladze said in an interview to GTimes.
Recall, recently the Turkish newspaper Milliyet reported that Istanbul school children had got multimedia tutorials containing a map in which Turkish territory included Armenia, some regions of Iraq, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Georgia.
The CD, containing this map, was prepared as part of a national educational program initiated by the Ministry of Education. Under this program, the authorities are distributing free educational tutorials, as well as organizing special events for parents and students.
The Ministry of Education and the Department of Education of Turkey stated it was "shocked by the event". They also apologized for the spread map and said they had not known where it had appeared from. The officials have put the whole blame on the former head of the Department of Education in Istanbul Ata Ozer.
Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to investigate the situation, however, shows restrained position. "I think the Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has reacted to this issue quite properly. Naturally, we are studying this issue and I think the reality poorly corresponds to a temperature of excitement. I won't tell the details until we have no specific information", first Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Georgia Nikoloz Vashakidze said.
Earlier, representatives of the Georgian public demanded an explanation from the Turkish Ambassador Levent Burhan. Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture, Science and Education, one of the leaders of the pro-presidential majority Giorgi Gabashvili said that it was necessary to understand this matter, since such interpretation of the matter by the Turkish side was "incorrect".
Georgian opposition reacts more sharply. Giorgi Tsagareishvili, MP, ("Free Democrats"), told the TV-channel "Maestro" that the authorities "cannot resolve even such primitive issues with Turkey, its strategic partner", the VZGLIAD reported.
And the leader of the "Natsionalniye" (the nationals) Shalva Khachapuridze appealed to Georgian President, Speaker of Parliament and Minister of Foreign Affairs with the demand to respond to this "falsification of history".