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"Caucasian House" denies connection with terrorists2013-05-06 14:08
Head of the center of cultural relationships "Caucasian House" George Kanashvili has called slander the media reports that allegedly a similar Georgian NGO had been engaged in training militants and, in particular, the Boston terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
"Caucasian House", operating in Tbilisi, is working on the projects to promote regional development and cooperation between the peoples of the Caucasus since its foundation", Kanashvili wrote on his page on Facebook.
"The article is not true and even contains libel. It says that supposedly one of the suspects in the Boston terrorist act Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recruited at a seminar organized by the NGO "Caucasus Foundation", he stated.
Kanashvili says that "the article has several goals," in particular - "blackmail of the Government of Georgia against the background of relative warming of the Georgian-Russian relations to make it renounce the initiatives aimed at improving relations with the peoples of the North Caucasus," "the creation of artificial barriers to the people living in the North Caucasus willing to have and maintain humanitarian, cultural and educational ties with Georgia," "identification of cultural and educational work of the NGOs and educational institutions with the intelligence services, and thus tarnish the scientific and cultural cooperation with North Caucasian peoples."
"Caucasian House" has always believed that the Caucasian policy of Georgia in the first place should be aimed at strengthening the humanitarian, cultural and educational ties. Therefore, we have constantly called upon the former authorities of Georgia to the adjustment of the Caucasian policy, removal of contentious segments that created additional obstacles in relations between Georgia and Russia", said in the statement.
"Today, the new Georgian authorities have a unique opportunity on the one hand to remove the factors hampering the Georgian-Russian relations from the agenda, and on the other hand to preserve humanitarian ties with North Caucasian peoples formed for decades. Moreover, we believe that at a certain step of restoration confidence and reset of the Georgian-Russian relations the cooperation in the Caucasus could become a priority topic of bilateral Georgian-Russian relations. To achieve this the Georgian government should not yield to the slanderous statements published in the latest period in some Russian media", underlined in the statement, the News-Georgia reported.