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Azerbaijani Georgians not to keep out of war with Ossetians

09 August 2008 [11:55] - TODAY.AZ
It is the third day that war for restoration of territorial integrity has started in neighbor Georgia.
The politicized part of Azerbaijanis is worried and keeps a wait-and-see position: supporting Georgia's intentions, people make a provision: "let's see what Russia will do".

The heaviest emotional spirit is in Qakh and Zaqatala regions of Azerbaijan, partially settled by ethnic Georgians. Both regions are said to account for 50,000 Ingiloy Georgians. These people have close ties with Georgia, often visiting it and having relatives there. Their children usually study at Georgian high schools.

According to Novosti-Azerbaijan, ethnic Georgians-citizens of Azerbaijan in Qakh - worriedly wait for the news from Georgia, getting information about war in South Ossetia from both official mass medias, as well as telephones, directly from the subscribers of the neighbor country.

There is a transport communication between our countries, and according to the Qakh Georgians, who wished to stay unknown, some young people of Georgian nationality have already crossed the Azerbaijani-Georgian border with a firm intention to help Georgia to restore its territorial integrity.

By Azerbaijani laws, such behavior is considered a crime, as it falls under the law, banning illegal military formations, but these people can not be stopped by it. On the other side, Georgian young people, having Azerbaijani citizenship, study at the high schools in Georgia, which means that they will not preserve aloofness, if their fellow-students go to fight in Ossetia.

"Our guys were protecting the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in the war with Armenia. They are also ready to sacrifice their lives for our mother Georgia", said Gergi Japaridze, resident of Gakhengilov village of Qakh, Azerbaijan.

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