November 22, 2006
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(Page 2 - Previous Page)Both men emphasize that the appearance of an Azerbaijan editor on an Armenian show is quite extraordinary; the two countries have been engaged in a long conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in southwestern Azerbaijan, where there has been an active secessionist movement, since the break-up of the Soviet Union, despite a ceasefire in 1994.
The trip has forged many important liaisons, in addition to opening eyes to unknown worlds, says Giorgy Khutsishvili, founding director and chairman of International Center on Conflict and Negotiation based in Tbilisi.
"I knew of the American Jewish Committee," he said, "but I didn't know the scope of their work. This is a program that while promoting a Jewish perspective encourages diversity and tolerance everywhere there is ethnic tension. It is very much in line with liberal democratic values for peace and human rights. These ideas should be successful in a country like mine, where we have to integrate huge minorities and include them in democratic society."
The group left the Skirball to go to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center in West Hollywood for the final presentation of their trip -- a luncheon and discussion on the media with panelists representing the NAACP, GLAAD (Gays and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination) and the Korean American Coalition.
"I think of the United States' experience as inspiring, but it is also important for us to realize that it has been going on for over 200 years and, of course, there are still problems," said Dr. Gjylnaze Syla, her parliament's caucus leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo.
-- Naomi Glauberman, Contributing Writer
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