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Armenians and Azerbaijani dread discrimination in Georgia2010-09-20 15:48
A fierce discontent over Saakashvili regime's nationalities policy was simultaneously expressed by representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan, two countries whose nations disagree even on the side where the sun rises. Kyamran Ramazanly of the Center for Research in Caucasus was the first to accuse Tbilisi of discriminating the Azerbaijani population followed by Shirak Torosyan, an Armenian parliament deputy stating that the Georgian authorities are pursuing a policy aimed at expulsion and alienation of Armenian natives from the territory of the country.
Mikheil Saakashvili stated more than once that Georgia is a multi-ethnic state where representatives of all nations are equal in their rights and opportunities. However, once again Mikheil Nikolozovich's words and deeds don't coincide. Now representatives of national minorities of the country agree on equally disdainful attitude of Georgian authorities. Armenians and Azerbaijanis of Marneuli and Javakh have fully learned all joys of "provincial fascism", the foundation а Sakartvelo's political life since Zviad Gamsakhurdia's epoch. What is there to be said about citizens of Abkhazia and South Ossetia declaring the "divorce day" from "friendly" Georgia their official holiday.
Another stage of Tbilisi's official war with national self-awareness of peoples inhabiting Georgia is massive dismissals of Azerbaijani and Armenian teachers. Now even national schools, a lot of them, have representatives of the indigenous population as principals that have not a slightest idea about education in ethnic schools. The Education Ministry's recent initiative - introduction а multi-language textbooks - won't change the state of things. Right: as much as 65% of the information in these textbooks will be presented in languages of national minorities. However, there is no certainty that Georgian teachers will allot enough time to teaching in Russian, Armenian or Azerbaijani, particularly when many of them can speak only Georgian. Ok, Georgia's Armenians, particularly Javakh residents, have never been favored by Mikheil Saakashvili. He is annoyed at Yerevan's active pro-Russian position in Caucasus taking all his negative emotions to Georgian residents of Armenian origin. But it is unclear why the Georgian president starts infringing rights of the Azerbaijani diaspora in prejudice to his relationships with Ilkham Aliyev. However, practically all political or economic decisions made by Mikheil Saakashvili look puzzling.
Zardusht Alizade, a well-known politologist (Azerbaijan) thinks that discussing Georgia's policies as infringement on rights of one nationality is wrong. "We must understand that Georgia is not an ideal state. Rights of all citizens of whatever nationality are limited", - Alizade told in an interview with GeorgiaTimes correspondent.