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Gocha Dzasokhov: we must ask each other for forgiveness2009-05-18 20:46
On May 14-15 Sochi was hosting the First Congress of the Worldwide Assembly of Georgian Peoples (WAGP). The idea of a new NGO with an explicit political task to improve Georgian-Russian relations and achieve Georgia's neutral status was declared by Gocha Dzasokhov in December 2008. Now he's elected as WAGP President.
With over twenty political parties ranking among the opposition and thrice more NGOs that one way or another are trying to influence political processes going on in Georgia the establishment of a new organization may seem not very much of an event.
But the presentation of the Worldwide Assembly of Georgian Peoples was a real ceremony with well-known politicians, businessmen, public figures of Russia and Georgia invited as reputable guests. Why are so many hopes set on the fresh NGO? Probably because over the past few years this is the first organization in Georgia's political arena that aims at uniting people by origin - not by nationality. In good old times there was a notion of "Tbilisian" in Georgia that stood for one's world outlook and not the national identity: the way one treats friends, neighbors, the world on the whole. After endless cataclysms Georgia has had to experience for the recent 20 years Tbilisians settled down in various corners of the world. Gocha Dzasokhov, a businessman under
persecution in Georgia now, is trying to unite them all - Russians, Armenians, Greeks, Azerbaijani, and Georgians of course - in his organization.
It should not be forgotten that Gocha Dzasokhov is Ossetian who lived and worked in Georgia for many years. Who else is able to conquer the abyss of alienation and distrust that has separated the people over recent decades and revive traditions of friendship and good neighborhood if not them who can't divide Georgians, Ossetians, Russians and Abkhazians into friends and enemies? This is WAGP's main objective.
According to Dzasokhov Georgia has to stick to neutrality in order to solve ethnic conflicts. It will help to restore economy and implement transit construction projects of new gas lines and trunk transmission lines and to repair railways.
"The first thing to start with is forgiveness. We must ask each other for forgiveness, ask people we offended and forced out of their homes on somebody's order to forgive us. We must forgive each other, and we'll feel better. We will not be able to live without each other in spite of any hard feelings.
We must find strength to face each other and say that in future we'll pass the baton we got from our fathers and grandfathers to our children and grandchildren," - Russian Line IA quotes.