Georgia intends to close the issue of Armenian nationalism

September 4 starts his working visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze in Armenia. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, within the mission head of the Georgian Foreign Minister will hold talks on bilateral relations between Tbilisi and Yerevan, and in particular with regard to regional issues with his Armenian counterpart, Edward Nalbandian, the members of the Government and Parliament of Armenia.

Like the news as news, if not a "but". The phrase "regional issues" to date - more than just a phrase. Moreover, the problems - is an understatement. In fact, between the two countries today there are very large and complex problem, which creates a field of contradictions and differences that have put the two countries in fact a state of "cold war" with each other.

Name the problem - Samtskhe-Javakheti. Region in southwest Georgia, where Armenians live compactly. However, the latter are not the majority, they represent the Armenian sources, and approximately 40% of the total population of the region. Today in Samtskhe-Javakheti live many Georgians, indigenous Meskhetians, who has been actively moving to their historical homeland and Azerbaijanis.

The situation in Samtskhe-Javakheti (or Javakhk - as Armenians call it) over the past few years has become a real headache for the Georgian authorities. The intensity of Armenian nationalism all growing. The situation is painfully familiar: the exact same scenario was implemented in the late 1980's in a situation with Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

Scenario is the same as there was only a change of scenery. If you initiated the process of rejection of Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan was the local movement "Krunk", which translated from Armenian means "Crane", the Samtskhe-Javakheti support separatist ideas and the sower is the organization of the United Javakhk.

In Georgia, for many years torn apart by conflicts with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, on the proclivities of the Armenian nationalists in Samtskhe-Javakheti tried not to react sharply. When the actions of the separatists began to acquire features of a direct threat to the security and integrity of Georgia (there is evidence that in Samtskhe-Javakheti became even do weapons for the Armenian fidainov), in respect of the United Javakhk and his accomplices had taken stringent measures.

The stronger mounting confrontation between Georgia and Russia, which openly sided with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the more aggressive behaved Armenian nationalists in Georgia. As a result, in July last year in Georgia arrested a leader of the United Javakhk Chakhalyan, which to this day remains in prison.

This infuriated the instigators and accomplices V. Chakhalyan both in Georgia and Armenia, who tried to use the military conflict between Tbilisi and Moscow, erupted in August 2008. Fortunately, Georgia is still weakened found the strength not to let was born the next inter-ethnic conflict on its territory, and all such provocations have been prevented. Received instruction and Armenia, which has tacitly supported the separatist movement in the territory of Georgia. Broke off diplomatic relations with Russia, Georgia virtually shut out of Armenia to the north.

In this situation, instead of non-delusional ideas of the Armenian nationalist circles went to the intensification of the process of ideological work in the old direction. Come on emotional appeals to the Government of Armenia with the requirements to take specific measures to ensure the withdrawal of Armenia to the Black Sea and the accession of Nakhichevan to Armenia.

Then, on the instructions of the destructive forces began to happen tension on the border of Armenia and Georgia. Come talk about the fact that the alleged Georgian border guards, had not prevented the Armenian farmers cultivate small plots of disputed border areas, to oust the rural workers from those lands.

There were some Armenian experts, who foam at the mouth and started to argue that some school textbooks printed in Armenia and Armenian speaking designed for schools in Georgia, the local authorities for some reason do not miss.

And finally, on the eve of the visit G. Vashadze President Serzh Sargsyan invited to official Tbilisi to think about the possibility of giving the Armenian language in Georgia special status! The Armenian president said: "I believe that giving the Armenian language the status of regional, ensure the registration status of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the steps taken to protect the Armenian monuments, will help strengthen friendship, deepen mutual trust."

According to experts, such a statement Serzh Sargsyan may further complicate the situation with his Armenian nationalism in Georgia. So, visit G. Vashadze will be held in a much more tense atmosphere than previously assumed.

Nevertheless, it is hoped that the negotiations G. Vashadze to Yerevan will set specific issues related to the situation in Samtskhe-Javakheti, and that soon the government of Mikhail Saakashvili will once and for all solve the problem of Armenian nationalism on Georgian territory. I would not like to watch in the neighboring country repeating the events of late 1980 - early 1990 in Azerbaijan. Another Karabakh in the Caucasus Caucasians do not.

3 September 2009 | armenia, armenian nationalism, georgia, russia, saakashvili, sarkissian

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