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Armenian song about the main thing2012-01-12 17:25
Baku expects an unprecedented number of participants for Eurovision 2012 though guests from neighboring Armenia won't be there, most probably. Armenia seeks security guarantees for its delegation from the EU doubting that assurances of Azerbaijan will be enough. On one hand, Armenians are tempted by the possibility to raise their flag in the middle of the hostile state. Yet, there is a danger to bump into a bellicose organization for liberation of Karabakh.
The steering committee in Yerevan promised to decide whether the national delegation will attend Eurovision 2012 by New Year. The holiday is over, but the answer has not been given yet. Goar Gasparyan in charge of the Armenian delegation for the contest states the country wants to take part and asks for security guarantees for all participants. These guarantees are very much to the point. Last autumn members of Azerbaijani organization for liberation of Nagorny Karabakh stoned a group of Armenian box fighters in Baku. The same story can be repeated for singers and fans. It was easy to protect Armenian catholicos Gareghin II on his tour around churches. But viewers heated by singers get emotional much too fast.
Azerbaijani deputy FM Araz Azimov, also personal representative of the president for settlement of the Karabakh conflict, made a public promise last year that the authorities would prevent any incidents during Eurovision 2012 confirming this with a letter to the European Broadcasting Union. Yet, Gasparyan believes that such assurances are not enough. Guarantees should be provided by the Union. Yon Ola Sand, executive producer of the Union, states the contest in Baku should be governed by general rules with Armenian artists and fans being able to come to Baku. As for all organization issues - it's Azerbaijan's headache.
The Armenian society is split between pros and cons. There is no hope to win in the capital of a hostile state after last year's flunk of Emmy, an Armenian singer who took part in Eurovision 2011 through good connections, so to say. It is equally unlikely to be received well in the country on a temporary armistice with Armenia. Yet, a refusal of Armenians would be interpreted as cowardice in front of the enemy.
A show in Baku is a serious trial, Sona Shahgeldyan, a singer who won New Wave 2010 contest, thinks. Yet she is making preparations to go there with the Armenian delegation since "strong people can overcome even the most difficult obstacles".