The international Circassian association (ICA) had sent letters to the heads of Adygeya, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Circassia with a request to consider the opportunity of organization of places in the territory of republics for the time residing of repatriates from Syria. According to the vice-president of the ICA Mugdin Chermit, the State Duma and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation are studying the sent by Adygeya parliament’s official address to the authorities of the country with the request to assist in voluntary resettlement of Circassians of Syria to Russia.
Let’s remind, on December, 25th, 2011 115 representatives of Circassian people living in Syria, had submitted a petition to the president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, the head of Adygeya Aslan Tkhakushinov, the State Soviet-Khase, the social movement "Adyghe Khasa" and to the people of Adygeya "with an appeal to offer the helping hand and rescue them from inevitable tragedy". On December, 28th another 57 Syrian Circassians addressed to the leadership of Russian Federation and the authorities of Adygeya with the request to assist in their resettlement to Russia. On January, 3rd information about a new petition of 76 Circassians of Syria with the request to accept them on the historical native land also appeared.
In the petitions of the ICA the president of that organization Kanshoubi Azhahov asked the leadership of Adygeya, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Circassia to address to the federal authorities with the offer to form a governmental commission with participation of representatives of the three named republics on studying the position of Circassian Diaspora in Syria and questions connected with repatriation of the Syrian Circassians.
Besides that Azhahov asked heads of Adygeya, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Circassia "to fasten up the activities of the republican governmental commissions on affairs of compatriots abroad and the other state structures on rendering assistance to the Syrian Circassians who had expressed their desire to return home".
Also he addressed to the heads of Karachaevo-Circassia and Kabardino-Balkaria to consider an opportunity of creation of repatriates adaptation centers. In Adygeya such center operates since 1998.
As the deputy of the State Soviet-Khase of Adygeya Republic, the vice-president of the International Circassian association Mugdin Chermit informed the correspondent of "Caucasian Uzel", the State Duma and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation is now studying the petition of the parliament of Adygeya Republic with the request to assist in voluntary resettlement of Circassians of Syria to Russian Federation which had been sent in the end of December, 2011.
"Now the letter of Adygeya parliament to the leadership of Russian Federation with the request to assist in repatriation of Circassians of Syria is being studied by the committee of the State Duma of Russian Federation on the CIS affairs and communications with compatriots. Then they will decide, whether it will be necessary to bring that question for discussion. I am in constant contact to the representatives of that committee. Also the question on resettlement of the Syrian Circassians to Russia is being analyzed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation", Mugdin Chermit told.
Earlier the source close to the Adygeya governmental circles, had informed the correspondent of "Caucasian Uzel", that on January, 24th two representatives of the Circassian community of Syria arrived to Maykop. Heads of Circassian public organizations of Adygeya confirmed that information, having added that on January, 25th another representative of Circassian people living in Syria arrived.
The representatives of the Circassian community of Syria who arrived to Russia, are included into the initiative group of the Syrian Circassians who had addressed to the administration of Russia with the request for their resettlement. They had been going to meet with the heads of Adygeya, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Circassia for discussion of the questions of repatriation of Circassians from Syria.
Let’s note, that in Maykop preparations for a congress of the Circassian people of Adygeya Republic, planned for February, 11th, are on; the main agenda of that forum should become the position of Circassians of Syria and measures of helping them in connection with the aggravated situation in the Arab country.
In Nalchik the working group on assistance to repatriation of Circassians from Syria within the limits of the governmental commission on development of communications with compatriots living abroad is also created. And in Karachaevo-Circassia the commission concerning repatriation of Circassians from Syria was created by Circassian public organizations.
The legal expert organization "Human Rights Watch" had devoted the situation in Syria its report "No Regret to Cartridges! The Individual and Command Responsibility for Crimes against Humanity in Syria". In the report they stated that as a result of anti-governmental protests in Syria, begun in March, 2011, thousands people were lost, and the quantity of the arrested persons is so great that stadiums, schools, cellars of official buildings are used as jails.