Georgian-Azeri Parliamentarian Rules out Genocide Recognition

TBILISI (APA)—The Armenian Genocide will not be officially recognized by the Georgian Parliament, said Georgian Parliament member Ramin Bayramov, describing a recent appeal to recognize the crime by multiple Georgian-Armenian organizations as a ‘ridiculous step.’

“Armenians raise this issue all over the world. Now the Armenians living in Georgia have started it. But it is useless. Georgia will not pass such a decision, because Turkey is Georgia’s friend and strategic partner,” said Bayramov, a Georgian of Azerbaijani decent

He was responding to a letter to Georgian President Mikheil  Saakashvili and the parliamentary leadership by the Armenian Community of Georgia, The Armenian Cooperation Centre of Georgia and the Association of Armenian Students of Georgia.

The letter asks that a bill recognizing the Genocide be drafted. It was sent Monday to Saakashvili, the chairpersons of Georgia’s parliament and the leaders of its parliamentary fractions. Similar letters were also written to ethnic Armenian members of parliament.

An advisor to the Azeri embassy in Georgia also chimed in on the issue Tuesday, telling
Advisor of the Azerbaijani embassy in Georgia Shovgi Mehdizadeh called Armenians’ appeal “provocative propaganda”.

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