Confrontation between ethnic Georgians, Azerbaijanis ends in Dmanisi
Reconciliation has been reached between parties to the dispute in the Dmanisi region of Georgia.
The statement came from Mufti of eastern Georgia Etibar Eminov after a meeting at the Dmanisi mayor’s office, the local bureau of the Report reports.
According to him, the parties forgave each other: “The domestic conflict could have escalated. It was possible to end the tension with the participation of clergy, government officials and residents of Dmanisi.
After the meeting, the sides shook hands as a symbol of peace.
Embassy of Azerbaijan in Georgia released a statement saying that the mass raid on the ‘Omar’′ market that belongs to Azerbaijanis in Dmanisi should not be described as ‘a confrontation on ethnic ground’.
The incident that took place should be evaluated only in the legal institution and the accused should be punished individually according to Georgian legislation”, the statement reads.
The owner of the shop who is ethnic Azerbaijani also says that the representatives of any ethnicity should continue peaceful cohabitation in Georgia.
All of us are the citizens of Georgia. I am happy that I was born in Georgia”, he said.
Georgian parliament members, representatives of local government and Muslim religious leaders took part in the meeting.
Ruling Georgian Dream party MP Sozar Subari was among the negotiators, calling on the parties to reconcile.
We are a family and we should continue to live like that – everyone understands that well”, Subari said.
The conflict that started yesterday turned into a mass confrontation between locals. The Interior Ministry called on the confronting parties to adhere to the lawful demands of the police and avoid any escalation of the conflict on the ground