A Circassian Reply,
At this time, and after consultation with Circassians in different
countries of the Circassian Diaspora, the following are some of the points that
are necessary to be taken into consideration when discussing the issues that
pertain to Circassia and Circassians, and it should be understood by all of our
Circassian people involved in the process of dialogue and discussions, and not
to give any concessions on behalf of the nation without taken into
consideration the vital issues of the Circassian rights and concerns:
1. It is good thing to see that great concern is focused on the
Circassian Question and its consequences
nowadays; but we hope, the way other Circassians and Caucasians do, that
would not be a temporary issue to pass certain projects, to do something not
feasible for Circassians, and to expect maneuvers for distraction of the public
opinion after a general Circassian renaissance, or to attract
the attention from the importance of the recognition of the Circassian Genocide
by the Georgian Parliament in Tbilisi.
2. That doesn’t mean in any way that we are pessimistic or trying to
create obstacles on the way. It is on the contrary.
3. We still remember since the year 2005 how many negative replies
from the Russian State Duma and the office of the Russian President that
Circassians had received for simply asking this arrogant State to recognize
their fair and justified demands, mainly the Circassian Genocide.
4. Bloodshed of the Circassian activists in Motherland in recent
years, beating and intimidating them by well-known government and FSB linked thugs,
with terror and horror in the hope for implementing an everlasting acquisition
should not pass unobserved!
5. There should be no Russian official monitoring and/or has the
control over the (ICA) International Circassian Association (being an association for all Circassians of the world)
which once had diverted the association from its original objectives and goals that were established since
it was founded, which eventually, it changed
course away from the targets that had been established for.
6. Beside what was mentioned, "humanitarian problems of Circassians
in Libya and Syria”, there is the intractable problem related to the
Circassians and peoples of the Caucasus from Iraqi Diaspora who are of Chechen
and Dagestani origin as well, and who got no way out especially after they
contacted and got in touch with a number of Russian embassies and those
individuals of the Caucasus peoples who work for the authorities of the Russian
government in the occupied Caucasus, with no positive reaction.
7. If our "opinion
is important in this matter”, as stated, then
it is necessary to make our opinion reach those who want to know the opinion of
average Circassians living in Diaspora.
8. This conclusion we make is not
out of frustration, as it is out of ascertains that due
to the absolute confidence that Russia and because of its
violation of the provisions of its laws and constitution concerning the indigenous peoples, makes it difficult for Russia alone to be the subject of our confidence in resolving the Circassian
There is an important
document which is the "map of
Circassia” that was published in the year 1855,
and it is in one of the Museums in Australia, needs a second thought by the
Russian government to stop ignoring the fact that there is a Circassian
homeland which is for once, Circassians were forgotten as well.
Sochi is the last capital
city of Circassia, and no Olympic Games are welcomed or accepted to be held on
the land of genocide.
Experience has proven that
reaching an agreement with Russia is worthless in the absence of international
or European dimensions because such agreements need guarantees from the world in
order to be implemented.
Russian law does not protect Circassians or other peoples of the Caucasus from
attacks, swearing, and the dirty mouths that eject what the dirty minds of
Russian politicians think, which last attack was made
by Russian State Duma deputy Sergei Markov to the First Caucasian Information
channel, a Tbilisi based Russian-language TV channel, which asked several
Russian public figures, including Markov, about Georgia’s recognition of the
Contrary to the Google translation of a statement in Russian
language for one of "the paragraphs”
that Circassians are part of Russia is not quite correct and majority of
Circassians do not accept such description, because Circassia is occupied by
Russia, while the majority of Circassians (90%) had been deported by Russians,
and they are living in tens of countries of the world; but at the same time
they didn’t forget their beloved homeland and they are insisting on restoring
their confiscated rights that include self-determination on the soil of their
Therefore, Circassians inside and outside Circassia ARE NOT
RUSSIANS. Ones inside Circassia (10%) of Circassians have Russian Citizenship
now, but the ones in Diaspora reject even the notion being labeled as Russians!
Russians are obligated humanly and ethically
to recognize the Circassian Genocide, apologize to the Circassian nation,
compensate them morally and financially, agree on the return to homeland in
accordance with an international program guaranteed by United Nations and the
civilized world, and to accept the fact of allowing the practice of the
legitimate rights of self determination on the soil of own homeland.
Language and cultural resources should be used in Circassian schools in all
phases of study.
Hoping that the above mentioned information is passed as
considerable part of Diaspora Circassians believe in, and should be taken in
17, June, 2011
North Caucasus Group