About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:45 - 19 Dec.'14
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Parliament to Recognize 'Circassian Genocide'
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 19 May.'11 / 22:05

Georgian parliamentary committees endorsed on May 19 a draft resolution recognizing 19th century massacre and deportations of Circassians by the Tsarist Russia in the northwest Caucasus as “genocide”.

The move means that the one-page draft resolution is formally prepared for a voting in the Parliament.

A ruling party lawmaker, Nugzar Tsiklauri, who chairs the parliamentary committee for diaspora and Caucasus issues, said he would request the parliamentary speaker Davit Bakradze to include the draft resolution in the agenda of the May 20 parliamentary session.

On May 19 the draft was discussed at a joint hearing of four parliamentary committees – on diaspora issues; legal affairs; cultural issues and human rights.

The draft resolution reads that "pre-planned" mass killings of the Circassians by the Tsarist Russia in second half of 19th century, accompanied by "deliberate famine and epidemics", should be recognized as "genocide" and those deported during those events from their homeland, should be recognized as "refugees."
 
During the May 19 hearings lawmakers from the ruling party said that the resolution would be of significant importance in terms of "restoration of historic justice."

"Georgia, which tries to get away - and does it successfully in recent years - from  the Soviet and Russian propagandistic space, wants to promote the history as it actually was and not the falsified history, which was imposed on us," ruling party MP Giorgi Gabashvili, who chairs parliamentary committee on culture and education, said.

He also said that Georgia would not have hurried with adoption of this resolution if Russia itself had acknowledged its crimes of the past.

MP Gia Tortladze said that the Georgian Parliament should even go further and recognize "Chechen genocide."

A ruling party lawmaker, Nugzar Tsiklauri, told Civil.ge last week that "the Chechen issue is also on the agenda."

“I can not say now a timeframe, but this issue will not be removed from our agenda,” he said.

There were only few dissent opinions voiced during the hearings on May 29. MP Jondi Bagaturia, leader of a small opposition party Georgian Troupe, said passing of "Circassian genocide" resolution would be "a right decision from the moral point of view"
 
"But I think we should be more pragmatic and think what the consequences of such decision might by. It will be difficult for me to support it," he said.

MP Bagaturia also recalled multiple appeals made to the Georgian Parliament by Georgia's Armenian community requesting recognition of the massacre of Armenians in Ottoman Empire as genocide. Such appeals, made by the Armenian community almost every year in April, remain unheeded by the Georgian lawmakers. 

Latest News
19 Dec.'14 10:45
U.S. Welcomes Ratification of Georgia Association Agreement by European Parliament
“The vote demonstrates Europe’s growing confidence in Georgia,” Department of State said.
18 Dec.'14 21:46
Georgian Diplomat Responds to Putinís Remarks on High-Level Talks
Talks should aim at gradual solving of “main problematic” issues, Georgai’s special envoy said.
18 Dec.'14 20:58
Putin on Relations with Georgia
He spoke about Georgia and Saakashvili during his annual press conference.
18 Dec.'14 14:56
European Parliament Ratifies Georgia Association Agreement
MEPs backed the agreement by 490 votes to 76 on December 18.
18 Dec.'14 11:27
PM Says Govt to Consider Reforming Prosecutorís Office
He said “independence” and “accountability” of prosecutor’s office should be increased.
18 Dec.'14 01:30
MEPs Debate on Georgia Ahead of Association Agreement Ratification
Most of the political groups in European Parliament voiced support for the ratification.
17 Dec.'14 20:50
Georgian C.Bank Keeps Key Rate at 4%
Central bank said worsening external factors affecting negatively on Georgia’s economy.
17 Dec.'14 17:16
Georgian President to Visit European Parliament as MEPs Set to Ratify Association Agreement
MEPs to debate on Georgia on Wednesday and will vote on ratifying AA on December 18.
16 Dec.'14 17:24
EUMM Mandate Extended for Two Years
“The EU continues to firmly support territorial integrity of Georgia,” EU foreign policy chief said.
16 Dec.'14 14:46
Georgian Troops Head to Mazar-i-Sharif
Unit will serve under the German command in northern Afghanistan and will have the task of rapid reaction force.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
26