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Saakashvili takes revenge on Armenians for his father31.08.2011 | 12:24
It seems Mikheil Saakashvili's regime is set to quarrel with Armenians completely. At first Georgia's state minister for diaspora issues Mirza Davitaya stated that Sakartvelo "categorically supports territorial integrity" of Azerbaijan calling for liberation of the republic's occupied territories. Then mass media revealed a leak on discrimination of the Armenian language sector on the part of administration of one of Tbilisi schools. Agasi Arabyan, head of Javakh diaspora of Russia, and Arnold Stepanyan, chair of the Multinational Georgia public movement, explained their position on Georgia's policies to GeorgiaTimes.
of Russia, and Arnold Stepanyan, chair of the Multinational Georgia public movement, explained their position on Georgia's policies to GeorgiaTimes.
The course toward rapprochement with Baku attempted by Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has stepped over the bounds of diplomacy. In the past the leader of Sakartvelo was quite reserved expressing his will to set up a confederation with Azerbaijan. Now, however, members of Mishiko's team have no shame at all. Last week, there appeared information on Georgia's state minister for diaspora issues Mirza Davitaya acknowledging Tbilisi's ategorical support for Azerbaijan's territorial integrity. Besides, the Georgian side, as he reiterates, calls for liberation of the occupied territories.
Even hyperpowers want to have the Nagorny Karabakh issue between Yerevan and Baku solved. US-Russia international mediation shows that preservation of peace in Caucasus is important to everyone. No doubt, the Karabakh conflict is Armenian-Azerbaijani concern. Those media provocations organized by Georgian authorities are no good to anyone. Javakh diaspora of Russia has already appeared in Russian mass media admitting that such words of official Georgia stir more tension in the region. As the official statement of the public organization goes, Georgian authorities must stop instigating and "poking into other people's affairs".
We got in touch with Agasi Arabyan, head of Russia's Javakh diaspora, asking him to comment on Davitaya's statements. According to our interlocutor, this is systematic realization of anti-Armenian policy by Saakashvili and all "revelations" of Georgian politicians have a systematic and reasonable approach. Thus, Davitaya's words are not incidental. "Diplomatic culture and tact of Armenian authorities don't react to that not to spoil relations with their neighbor. After all, Saakashvili has repeatedly mentioned enemies they commonly have with Azerbaijan, - he remarked. - But we, as a public organization, believe that this statement was aimed at provocation and aggravation of the situation. It is impossible to evaluate this in a different manner. Yet, it should not be forgotten that Georgia and Armenia have been neighbors for many years. That is why, on the contrary, Georgian authorities must ensure that Armenians stay where they live. It looks like Mr. Sturua is right: Saakashvili's father was Armenian. He left his wife and the Georgian president still bears a grudge reflected on his attitude to Armenians".
As it turns out, evaluating Sakartvelo's relations with Armenians there are problems both in foreign and domestic policy. Recently the Armenian community of Georgia addressed people's ombudsman Giorgi Tugushi calling to sort out lawlessness in school 103 of Tbilisi. The organization refers to a number of facts proving discrimination of the Armenian sector like attempts to dissolve the department, creation of artificial obstacles for registration of first-grade students and reduction of the number of lessons for Armenian teachers.
Commenting on the situation for our newspaper, Arnold Stepanyan, chair of Multinational Georgia public movement says that such problems are typical not only of one Tbilisi school. "Directors create ultimate obstacles for the Armenian sector. Besides, judging by rumors, school administrations refer to the Ministry of education and an unofficial decree, - he explains. - Teachers that counteract principals in those schools, speak about dismissal. Now it's a trend in Tbilisi to close Armenian schools in demonstration of a certain policy". Arnold Stepanyan also added that the country authorities' concept of bilingual education is not quite correct. "This is not done correctly", - he thinks. - Lessons could be taught in both languages, and this would be efficient. If 30 subjects are suddenly translated into Georgian, children won't understand anything".