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Azerbaijani in Georgia are subject to discrimination - deputy2011-04-13 14:45
Deputy Milli Medjlis Zahid Oruj has stated that Georgian authorities are conducting the policy of discrimination of Azerbaijani people.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"The life of Azerbaijani population in this country has been equally difficult in the times of Russian Tsars, in Soviet times and now, in the times of independent Georgia", - Oruj stated in an interview to Day.Az.
According to Azerbaijani parliamentarian, this tendency has been maintained by all the leaders of independent Georgia - Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Eduard Shevardnadze and current president of the republic Mikhail Saakashvili.
"The process of discrimination of Azerbaijani population in Georgia was not stopped; it simply ceased being so overt", - he underlined.
Oruj stressed the fact that the official Baku has got an opportunity to render assistance to Azerbaijani expatriate community in Georgia; however, this is a task for the country's authorities. "It is the Georgian government's direct duty to provide daily care of its citizens and solve their problems and demands irregardless of their nationality. Unfortunately, we cannot say so fare that such care is in place", - the deputy is sure.
He also criticized the silent position of the international human right organizations on the matter. In his opinion, their passivity is connected with the world community's desire to present Georgia as an "island of democracy" in the Caucasus. "Georgia is in every way supported in the context of the project. Such support is aimed at preventing Azerbaijan, which has become an economic leader in the South Caucasus, from maintaining this status", - Oruj remarked.
"Considering the situation, one should not expect international human right organizations to criticize Georgian authorities for their discrimination policy in respect of Azerbaijani population", - he added.