Georgian president says soccer violence was not ethnic conflict

Georgian president says soccer violence was not ethnic conflict

Mediamax news agency
12 May 04

Yerevan, 12 May: Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said one should
not consider the fight between Georgians and [ethnic] Armenians in
the Tsalka region of Georgia as an ethnic conflict.

“I don’t want to dramatize the situation. This is not an inter-ethnic
conflict. It was a common fight between Georgians and Armenians. But
we will not allow violation of law and order and we are not going to
be involved in a provocation,” the Georgian president said on 11 May.

Mikheil Saakashvili noted that “after the developments in Ajaria,
Georgia’s enemies retreated.”

“Our neighbours do not hide their admiration for the peaceful
settlement of the situation in Ajaria. The Armenian and Ukrainian
Presidents told me about this in a telephone talk,” Saakashvili said.

According to him, “Some of Georgia’s enemies want to involve the
country in a new conflict.”

“We will not allow any blackmail and will give a due answer to
everybody,” Saakashvili said.

A fight between Armenians and Georgians took place after a football
match in the centre of Tsalka (Eastern Georgia), as a result of which
10 people were injured.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS