Azeri Deputies Condemn Georgia Parliament Speaker for Armenian Genocide Statement

BAKU (Armenpress)–A group of Azerbaijani representatives in Georgia’s parliament criticized parliament speaker Nino Burjanadze for her statement on the Armenian Genocide. "This is a tragic day in the history of the Armenian nation. Unfortunately–after the events of 1915 the world has seen many such tragedies that have taken the lives of innocent people," she said in a statement to parliament.

Azerbaijani lawmakers representing the "Alliance for New Georgia" faction held a press conference accusing Burjanadze and her supporters of creating tensions in parliament. The leader of the faction Iraklii Gogava–condemned Burjanadze’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide–saying that Georgia "could have problems with its neighbors Azerbaijan and Turkey."

For the first time in Georgia’s history–Armenia’s held a series of events on April 24 commemorating the Armenian Genocide. Representatives of Georgia’s Armenian organizations assembled in the yard of the "Small Etchmiadzin" Armenian church in Tbilisi–and also gathered at the Hojavank Armenian temple to appeal to Georgia’s president and parliament to officially recognize genocide of 1915.

As reported in Saturday’s issue of Asbarez–the request by an Armenian deputy in Georgia’s parliament to commemorate the victims of the 1915 Armenian genocide by observing a moment of silence was met with harsh counter reaction from the Azerbaijani members of the parliament who argued–"it is the parliament of Georgia–not of Armenia."

In an attempt to diffuse the tension–parliament chairwoman Nino Burjanadze offered to hold a moment of silence in remembrance of all innocent victims of conflicts–including Armenia’s–Azerbaijanis–Georgians–Abkhazians and Osetinians. Both sides agreed–but reconvened their bickering after the moment of silence–forcing Burjanadze to prematurely end the session.

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