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"Patriot" vs. Azerbaijanis-separatists2013-05-23 16:42
In Tbilisi there has emerged a new organization with a great title "Patriot." It is expected to unite more than 450 thousand Azerbaijanis living in Georgia with the main goal - to integrate into the Georgian society. This will prevent separatist sentiment and ensure participation of Azerbaijanis in building free and independent Georgia. First congress of the founders and members of the newly born organization has already taken place. Around 500 people gathered at the "House of Cinema" in the Georgian capital. They have elected chairman of the organization - Allahyar Yusufov.
"Georgia is our motherland despite the fact that we are ethnic Azeris," say members of the "Patriot." Their greatest desire is to ensure full integration of Azerbaijanis into the Georgian society. Living in Georgia, many of them remain tied and to some extent dependent on Azerbaijan. If you travel through the eastern regions of Georgia, you may often meet families not speaking Georgian, watching TV channels of the neighboring country, and their children are studying in Baku and Ganja. This situation worries the members of the organization "Patriot."
"If in any village of Dmanisi, Rardabansky, Parneulsky or Bolnisi region of Georgia you ask the students, "What is motherland and which country is their motherland," they would fail to answer. And this does not mean that they have no idea about the very concept - just kids are disconcerted," says the chairman of the "Patriot" Allahyar Yusufov.
Indeed, the situation is such that in some areas of Georgia Azerbaijanis are as if isolated from the rest of the world. Lucky for those who live among Georgians. But there are villages where the Azerbaijanis live alone. Their children get education in Azerbaijani schools. Their subsequent fate is extremely vague. It's not easy to continue education in Georgian schools are not as easy, and one won't go to a neighboring country at this age, so there's growing new uneducated generation. Girls get married as soon as they reach the age of 14, and the boys grow up and go to work in Baku or Russia.
The work with such families, particularly children, is one of the main priorities of the organization "Patriot." We have talked to the chairman of the new organization Yusufovov about the activities and plans for the future.
- At what expense do you exist?
- Our first gathering was held at the "House of Cinema" in Tbilisi. We have gathered about 500 people, among whom there were religious leaders. This event was held on our own money - my and of three other founders. No one is funding us yet. But we are going to look for funding: in matters of donation we are very scrupulous. It's very easy to get under influenced of those who give money. In order to preserve the independence and autonomy, we must be extremely careful in the choice of the donor.
- Tell us about the idea of creating an organization, about your activities and plans.
- The idea of creating such an organization belongs to me personally. The need for this arose when I realized that among the Azerbaijanis there are so-called separatist sentiments. 23 years of observations of the events in Baku and Tbilisi have allowed me to conclude that our politicians are fighting for their ambitions. Isolated Azerbaijani-populated regions are rather beneficial. No one really wants to help our brethren to integrate into the Georgian society. And if anyone starts talking about it, it is not sincere, it's just a demonstration.
- Can you give specific examples?