Niyazi Mehdi, Baku, Azerbaijan: Argentina is a democratic country, but the problem of the Falkland Islands doesn’t seem to be resolved yet. As far as I know, neither does the Gibraltar problem. Maybe, proceeding from such facts, we should somehow rectify the thesis, which I like, too: that the solution of the Karabakh problem is only possible when the both sides become democratic countries? What do you think?
Georgy Vanian, Yerevan, Armenia: Dear friends, it is people from our frontier zone who are here today. Let’s not forget the subject of our hearing. Geopolitical analyses won’t give us the answers to our questions. Our 18- and 19-year-old children, both Armenian and Azeri, are perishing at the border. Please don’t forget that our point is: can we human beings and citizens, influence, interfere in or prevent such barbarities? To a Baku or Yerevan dweller, the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict is one matter; to those, who now and then hear bullets whistle – at school or in a kindergarten – and to our sons, who are serving in our armies, it is quite another matter. Let’s us remember that finally we are going to vote, and it won’t be just a formal voting – it will answer the question: are we able or unable? That is, are we paralyzed by the conflict or we still can do something? That is, can we oppose the death of children and take some concrete steps that Ali Abasov spoke of and our speakers are already inclined to? I would be very grateful if I heard the opinion of those, who live on the frontline, and those, whose children die every day there.
Sabina Talybova, Marneuli, Georgia:Mr. Georgy has just urged us again: let’s vote and decide whether civil society or the human factor can influence the developments of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, that is the conflict between Armenian and Azeri populations. You know, in order to vote I as a Georgian citizen and ethnic Azeri, have to understand what positive impact, in my case, my actions could have upon all those processes; and I cannot understand it at all. Mrs. Louisa said she was sure our influence, I mean Georgian influence, would be productive. But she didn’t specify what kind of influence she meant. I want to say that in Georgia, the relations between Azeri and Armenian people were splendid even at the height of the Armenian-Azerbaijani war; I mean there was no such hate speech here, in Georgia. Maybe each of the sides was nursing some grudge, but it did not affect the mutual relations. That is to say, within Georgia, the relations are stable, collegial and friendly. But what do you mean exactly? How could Georgian citizens influence the developments? Please specify your suggestions so that we knew what we are voting for. Because if we can just raise our hands and vote for it, it doesn’t mean we can do anything concrete.Another point: Mr. Ali said that Georgia as a State could contribute its positive mite. Mr. Yura mentioned that our presidents meet each other in Russia, and it is a very important fact that Russia exerts influence upon unimportant matters, which we (I mean the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides) are able to settle ourselves.