Ethnic Circassians living in Syria have requested Georgia provide them temporary asylum, Georgian public TV reported, citing Andro Gabisonia, the representative of the Georgian Circassian Congress.
Gabisonia said he had received a letter from Circassian diaspora representatives from Syria, requesting temporary asylum in Georgia due to the violent unrest in the country. He said that Syrian Circassians hope the Georgian government will look into the possibility of solving this issue and providing them with assistance.
Human rights organizations estimate that well over 1,000 Syrians have been killed as the government has cracked down militarily on anti-government protesters across the country. Over 10,000 people have already fled the unrest into neighboring Turkey.
Georgia is the only country in the world that has recognized the Circassian genocide – a late 19th Century pogrom of ethnic Circassians by the Russian Empire, during which thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands ...
The Circassian Radio Adiga has posted on its news page in Arabic
language quoting agency Caucasus that the Georgian GHN News Agency has reported
from the Georgian Capital City of Tbilisi that a group of Circassians living in
Syria has applied to the Georgian Authorities to obtain a temporary refuge because
of the ongoing unrest in the country for months now.
According to the agency, the Circassians of
Syria have expressed their demand through a letter sent to the representative
of the "Circassian Congress of Georgia” Andro Gabisoniya.
The Circassians have spoken about the
political circumstances that Syria is experiencing at present time, pointingout thatthe events inthe countryrecently is forminga major threat totheir security andthat the situationbecomes worse and worseday by day.
German Green Party Co-Chairman Cem Oezdemir (Source: AP)
On July 12, the leader of the German Green party Cem Oezdemir resigned from the board of trustees of Germany’s Quadriga fund. Oezdemir was one of the first public figures to protest Quadriga’s plan to give an award to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. He conceded that Putin had contributed to stabilizing German-Russian relations but expressed his doubts over the Russian leader’s democratic credentials (www.oezdemir.de, July 12). Eventually, after a wave of public protests in Germany, the 2011 Quadriga award ceremony was canceled. As one German observer pointed out, "Germany's political and intellectual classes are completely divided over how to perceive present-day Russia and what Germany’s policies toward the country should be.” The humiliation for Putin and Russia was made even worse since Quadriga announced the cancellation ...
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