BAKU: August War Complicated Georgian Relations With Azerbaijan And

AUGUST WAR COMPLICATED GEORGIAN RELATIONS WITH AZERBAIJAN AND ARMENIA: OPPOSITION LEADER

Trend
July 7 2009
Azerbaijan

Unwise steps by the Georgian authorities, involving Georgia to war
with Russia in August 2008, evolved new problems in the relations
with other neighbors, the leader of the Alliance for Georgia Irakli
Alasaniya told Trend News.

This war led to definite overestimations in region, Alasaniya stated.

Large-scale military operations broke out in the unrecognized
Republic of South Ossetia in the night of Aug.8. Georgian troops
entered Tzkhinvali. Later Russian troops entered the city and drove
Georgian military back. At the end of August, Russia recognized the
independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In response, Georgia broke
off diplomatic relations with Moscow and declared the unrecognized
republics occupied territories.

Alasania said some problems also appeared in relations with Armenia,
because Georgia is facing a danger of separatist movement by the
densely populated large national communities.

"Of course, neither official Baku, nor Yerevan will favor separatist
trends. But Russian special service organizations will work actively
here and it is necessary to observe attentively these developments
in regions, especially in Samtzkhe-Javakheti populated by Armenians."

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