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Tbilisi carried away with genocide of Circassians

28.02.2011  |  19:01

13997.jpegGeorgian authorities still think they are a global political force able to punish those who offend "weak and unprotected" nations of North Caucasus oppressed by Russian authorities. Georgia is trying to act as a fair and unbiased judge ready to bring peace to this long-suffering region. However, these attempts look still more trite and pitiful. Muhamed Cherkessov, chair of Adyge Hase public organization, revealed true intentions of Georgian politicians for GeorgiaTimes.


As we know, the Georgian side has made a number of attempts to raise the issue of "genocide of Circassians". Not long ago this topic was again discussed by head of the committee for diaspora issues at Georgian parliament Nugzar Tsiklauri. He remarked that the Georgian deputies concerned with the future of miserable Circassians had found new "discrediting" documents. "There are new circumstances connected with acknowledgement of genocide of Circassians. Before that we had no regulation connected with the issue, thinking that Georgia is the first country that recognizes genocide. Now, however, it turns out that Adyg and Kabardino-Balkarian parliaments adopted similar acts in 1992. As a result Georgia's decision on the genocide of Circassians, if adopted, will

line up with the decisions taken by the parliaments above", - Tsiklauri reported. Now, as he says, it is necessary to systemize new information to "reshape" them legally. 

There is an impression that considering the "genocide of Circassians" Georgia puts its  heaviest weight on the scale. It seems that official Tbilisi has found a legal cover for its unseemly initiative by supporting ancient demands of Caucasian nations that have already raised the problem of genocide by the Russian empire without any external pressure. Still, their weight is no heavier than a feather.

As Mahmud Cherkessov, chair of Adyge Hase public organization told GeorgiaTimes correspondent, the documents "revealed" by Georgian deputies are far from being a secret or a sensation. "These documents were adopted by parliaments of two republics (Adygeya and Cabardino-Balkaria - ed.) in 1992 with the first gulp of freedom", - he remarked.

The expert expressed confidence that true motives of Georgian politicians reviving the issue of genocide of Circassians are much less noble than representatives of official Tbilisi want to show. "Everyone realizes that Georgia's plan here is to derogate Russia's interests. They can try and use any documents or catches they might reveal to achieve their goal", - he added.

Cherkessov also told that Georgia is totally ignored by the dominant majority of Circassian NGOs because Tbilisi is focused solely on movements that have an anti-Russian position.

According to Muhamed Cherkessov, Russian authorities can easily stop provocations of Georgian politicians that want to take advantage of the Circassian issue. "We must not hush down the problem, we must specify it. To start a dialogue with public organizations and define differences over the issues as well as ways to solve them. Certainly, Russia makes advances toward us but not as loudly as other states, the so-called "protectors", do, - he explained.

Cherkessov is also sure that the concern demonstrated by Georgia's establishment over problems of Circassians is directly connected with the coming Olympics and is aimed at extending Georgia's influence over North Caucasus. "On one hand, Georgia's acts don't bring any changes. On the other hand it's very sad that our nation is used as a trump card", - Adage Hase chairman said.

Over the past few years Georgian proposals of "friendship" for North Caucasian nations have become more freakish. Introduction of a visa-free regime, loud statements on various "genocides" of different nations - this all links into one chain that Georgia and its Western patrons want to put Russia's south in. Yet, the scope of all these projects can be compared with their obvious inviolability.

Artem Martynuk

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