I knew it’s going to be interesting when I read this: “Three South-Caucasian parties – PanNational Movement (HHSH) of Armenia, Georgia’s Republican party and “Musavat” Party of Azerbaijan have signed a declaration on cooperation in Germany’s Potsdam city.”
I knew it’ll be interesting mostly because there are a number of little nuances in this report few would notice.
Firstly – it’s the fact, that these 3 parties position themselves as liberals.
Secondly – all 3 parties are in opposition to government in their countries.
And thirdly – the document was signed in a conference “The road to peace in the South Caucasus: property – freedom – welfare”, organized by Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
This is where its worth taking a closer look at what’s happening. I am quite skeptical in Liberalism of HHSH and Musavat. I mean, its hard to make me believe, that the party, whose leader divided Armenians in Karabakh and non-Karabakh Armenians in early 2008, and branded its political adversaries Tatar-Mongols, is a bearer of liberal values.
Exactly as I don’t believe that Musavat, whose leader (кстати лидер в Мусават именуется красивым словом “Башкан” :) ) is a former leading figure in Azerbaijan’s Popular Front, dreams of the victory of liberalism in the South Caucasus when asleep.
All 3 parties were at the helms of government at one time or another, but not anymore – for one reason or another.
But now let’s look at what the representatives of these parties are saying about the signed declaration.
“The Musavat party is the oldest political party in the Caucasus and it knows what documents to put its name to,” Ali Khadjili, Secretary of Musavat has said.
If we translate this from political-lingo to human speech, it’ll mean: we know exactly what we’re doing, so back off.
“We are positive about the signing of the declaration on cooperation with the political parties of the South Caucasus, especially since in this agreement all three political parties of the South Caucasus set the goals of integration into the European community and the establishment of peace and democracy in the region,”
Human translation: we were told sign it – everything is liberal here and it calls for peace on earth, so we signed it.
Now let’s look at what Aram Manukian, HHSH Chairman has said:
This will provide a field for activity, will give possibilities to work jointly on promoting international values. And generally speaking – for implementation of projects, which help reconciliation, formation of civil society, mutual tolerance, help bring down tensions.
Translation into human language: we also support peace on earth, and international values and tolerance.
“Every party has a right to act independently. I do not see anything bad in signing a serious declaration between the regional countries,” Levon Zurabian, Coordinator of Armenian National Congress, to which HHSH is a member of, has said.
Human translation – we know exactly what we’re doing, so back off.
So you see, when looking at all these awkward moves, you finally come to realize – at least as far as the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides are concerned, all they need is to continue working with the Nauman Foundation. Because there’s nothing else coming from their announcements. All they need is grants, trips, meetings and an imitation of intense activity (preferably liberal one :))
PS I know very little about the Conservative party in Georgia, but have suspicions, that they have everything sorted with appetite, as well as liberal values.
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Ruben Muradian (aka Uzogh) – is an IT oriented knife collector. Tries to find black cat in dark room common sense in Armenian politics.
Russian version of this post is available here.