Mikheil Saakashvili compares relationship between Georgia and Azerbaijan to romance by Qurban Said
07 March, 2012
Mikheil Saakashvili compares relationship between Georgia and Azerbaijan to romance by Qurban Said

Mikheil Saakashvili has compared the relationship between Georgia and Azerbaijan to the romance by Qurban Said, in a speech he delivered in the Parliament of Azerbaijan today. ‘I could not end my speech – my love declaration would be more accurate terminology as you saw – without mentioning the most beautiful monument to the Georgian-Azerbaijani friendship, the famous novel by Qurban Said “Ali and Nino”. Last year, we have inaugurated a unique moving statue of Ali and Nino that has become

the city’s landmark and symbol. This hymn to love, to freedom and to the Caucasus is venerated in the whole Georgia’, Saakashvili stated.
According to him, the love story between Ali Khan Shirvanshir, grand-son of an Azeri nobleman who killed the tsarist general Tsitsianov and Nino Qipiani, descendent of the famous Nino Chavchavadze, is more than just a beautiful drama, it reflects the past, the present and the future of the Caucasus.
‘Despite their different faith and origins, they are united by their love for each other and their love for freedom. The end of the book is tragic. As you know, Ali is killed by the Bolsheviks who invaded Azerbaijan. Ali’s best friend, Ilias Bek writes Ali was killed at 5.15 on the Ganja Bridge. In the morning, just before the Russian attack, we have buried him in the courtyard of the mosque. Our Republic has died, as died Ali khan Shirvanshir.
What we can do today, together, Ladies and gentlemen, is to rewrite the end of Ali and Nino. We can turn a tragic past into a happy end. We can and we will make in sort that Ali and Nino s love will never again be smashed by foreign invaders. We can and we will make in sort that today’s and tomorrow’s Alis and Ninos will live in free, happy, prosperous countries, enjoying their love and their freedom far away from wars, oppressions and divisions.
It can and it will happen. It is already happening!’, Saakashvili said.

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