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Armenians reconciling Russia and Georgia2010-07-14 15:41
Considering the current situation, the words "people suffer while politicians quarrel" concern not only Russians and Georgians. Those Armenians that had moved to Russia from the Georgian region of Samtskhe-Javakheti came out calling upon both countries' parliaments to start reconciling. Javakh expatriate community's initiative may be supported by dozens of Armenian public organizations in Russia.
One of these days, representatives of Javakh expatriate community in Russia tried to push Moscow and Tbilisi towards each other. They suggested starting the reconciliation process at the parliamentary level. "We are calling upon the Russian State Duma and Georgian parliament leaders to consider the possibility of organizing deputy working groups and arranging their meeting so as to start negotiating reconciliation and further friendly
relationship", - goes the statement published by several Armenian websites.
"We understand that the better the Russia-Georgia relations are, the easier our life and our relatives' life in Javakh will be", - community members commented as to what made them take up the initiative.
Armenians reminded of the 350-year-old friendship between Russia and Georgia that had started a hundred years before the USA sprang up, and of the close cultural, spiritual and economic connections. In their opinion, the events of the last 20 years "cannot be explained logically, so long as they do not reflect true interests of the two orthodox nations".
Javakh community paid attention to President Mikhail Saakashvili's recent statement about his readiness for a large-scale dialogue with Russia about normalizing the relationship without any preconditions. That is what Russian authorities had been calling to, so Armenians decided that the ground for a dialogue was ready.
The community welcomes the fact that oppositionist Zurab Nogaideli refused to cooperate with United Russia. "It is high time we understood that the opposition is incapable of any changes. Negotiations should be held by real decision-makers", - the community representative noticed. He said many people in Russia, including those in State Duma, think today's relations with Georgia to be unnatural. "That is why we want the politicians to feel the people's support and we are ready to collect signatures under the Armenian organizations' appeal if need be", - the interlocutor summed up.