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Genocide to hit Olympics2010-04-27 23:23
Recognition of genocide of Cherkess nation in the Russian Empire was presented for consideration to the Georgian parliament. The issue is there to stay probably up to Sochi Olympics to ruin the sport feast. Curiously enough, when Armenians asked Georgia to recognize Turkish genocide in 1915-1923 the answer was that it's the topic for academic discussions. And when Adygis and Cherkessis suddenly brought up 1860s the parliament decided to tackle the issue without sending the petitioners to historians.
Genocide of Adygis and Cherkessis at the Black Sea coast seems to attract Georgians more than genocide of Armenians in the north of Turkey. Acknowledging the Russian Empire as guilty in thousands of Adygi deaths can stir a global Olympic scandal "on remains" (Tbilisi has long been opposing Sochi Olympics).
If Armenia manages to have worldwide recognition of genocide it is likely to demand return of northern territories along Georgia's southern border which is fraught with losses: Armenians will be no more dependent on Georgian transit to the sea, besides Georgia will have no border with a NATO member state.
That is why without pausing to think Georgians refused to recognize genocide in the Ottoman Empire. David Darchiashvili, a parliamentarian, explained that the country considers friendship with both Turkey and Armenia as important. "All other issues must be discussed at the level of academic circles", - Medianews quotes.
Cherkessi groups fostered in the West and Middle East were faster and luckier than Armenians to apply to the parliament. Yesterday the deputies accepted their question to consideration though the issue is even more antique than the genocide of Armenians, and it deals with the crimes of the state that has no successors. Besides, there is evidence that Adygis and Cherrkessis were instigated to flee North Caucasus by the Turks and muhajir movement was greatly assisted by social stratification between the poor and the wealthy. Justice omitted, the question was addressed correctly since corruption of Russia's image is at stake.
"History and common future unites our country with Caucasian nations", - Nugzar Tsiklauri, head of parliamentary group for friendship with Caucasian nations explains importance of the coming discussion. Rusudan Kervalishvili, his colleague, remarks they have thorough work to do. "The most complicated and responsible thing is to accuse of genocide. We must have the right to make such conclusions that justify our Georgian nation in the face of history. The greatest evil is to accuse without knowing the essence of the problem", - she told Caucasian Knot.