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Policy of non-recognition of Armenian Genocide2013-04-23 18:48
On the eve, public and spiritual Armenian organizations operating in Georgia appealed to the Speaker and Members of Parliament with a demand to recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 in the Ottoman Empire. Under Mikheil Saakashvili it was pointless to raise this question: "United National Movement" did not want to spoil relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan. Can the Armenians rely on the fact that "Georgian Dream" differently treats the topic of genocide?
"We, the undersigned social and spiritual Armenian organizations of the Armenian community in Georgia, in the name of justice and democratic values encourage you to join the civilized world community initiatives and initiate in the Parliament of Georgia the question of recognition of the Genocide of the Armenian people in 1915-1923 by the Turkish state," said in an appeal to Parliament.
The letter notes that as a result of the state program of genocide implemented throughout Turkey and Western Armenia, the Armenian people has lost more than 2 million sons and daughters, the Armenians were driven from much of their homeland. Genocide is recognized and condemned by many countries of the European and American continents, as well as international organizations - the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the UN Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, and others.
Armenians of Georgia have repeatedly turned to the topic of genocide. For many years they have been holding protests outside the Turkish Embassy in Tbilisi, writing petitions and circulations. In recent years, they also appealed to the Parliament. So far, all the Armenian NGOs and religious organizations were well aware that the Georgian authorities do not recognize the genocide due to the great influence of Turkey and Azerbaijan on the Georgian government. On the other hand, Saakashvili's administration, who danced to the tune of the Turkish-Azerbaijani tandem, was fairly indifferent to the aspirations of national minorities, especially when it came to such an emotional issue as genocide.
This time, observers say, the appeal of Armenian Organizations in Georgia took place in a fundamentally different political and psychological atmosphere since new forces are now in power. Parliament is controlled by the coalition "Georgian Dream" that is willing to restore and harden contacts with the Armenian community. The new Georgian government led by Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili made some steps in this direction: released Armenian political prisoners, began talking about the possibility of assigning the Armenian language regional status in Javakheti and significantly weakened the "leash" for the minorities. The situation is somewhat similar to the era of glasnost in the Soviet Union, when it became possible to speak and debate on the topics that have been banned.
Despite the above changes in Georgian politics, the question arises: will they manage to break the wall of indifference this time? Will Georgia go on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide at least in the context of the current phase of the partial revision of relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan? Experts and activists of the Armenian community are skeptical about this issue.
"In Georgia, there is no possibility of recognition the Armenian genocide, sonce Georgia has close relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan, both at economic and political levels. This was particularly true under the previous government," an expert of the Caucasus Institute on Georgia Grant Mikaelian said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes.