The Council of Elders of the Circassian Diaspora of Jordan Condemns Actions of Anti-Russian Adyghe Communities

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A number of representatives of the diaspora of Jordan, in cooperation with the Circassian organizations of Turkey, the US and Georgia, who have condemned Russia’s policy on the Circassian item, will not benefit the people as a whole, according to Khayredin Khakuz, a member of the Council of the Elders of the diaspora of Jordan, during his visit to Adygea.

Earlier in the media there was information that the head of the Jordanian organization “Society of Friends of the North Caucasus,” Adel Bashkavi announced about the need to file an international lawsuit against Russia at a recent meeting with the American Circassians, and also in 2013 and 2014 urged the Polish authorities to adopt anti-Russian resolutions. At the same time, his statements are presented as initiatives of the diaspora leadership.

The Circassians, also known by their endonym Adyghe (Circassian: Адыгэхэр, Adygekher; Russian: Адыги, Adygi; Turkish: Adığeler), are a Northwest Caucasian ethnic group native to Circassia, many of whom were displaced in the course of the Russian conquest of the Caucasus in the 19th century, especially after the Russo-Circassian War in 1864.

“If you can help – help, if you can not help – at least do no harm. 150 years ago (during the Caucasian War – Approx. of Ed.) the peoples could not come to an agreement. But now people live together, cooperate. The same America, like many other states, made promises 200 years ago, but failed to fulfill anything. Now, in fact, there is no country where Adygs live. But our homeland here is in Adygea. And we must live in such way as to benefit our homeland, and not vice versa,” Khayredin Khakuz said.

According to the opinion of the member of the Council of the Elders, economic relations are being significantly strengthened between Russia and Jordan today. The Circassian diaspora plays a large role in this. This is also evidenced by the planned visit of the head of Adygea Murat Kumpilov to Jordan, where, in particular, they will discuss projects in the investment sphere.

“There are no problems on the part of states. Before my visit to Adygea, I spoke with a friend – an entrepreneur who wants to start working in the republic. Earlier, he met with the leadership of Adygea, and they told him to come at any time, and that they would help him. This is the right approach that will benefit both sides,” added Khakuz.

Today, ethnic Adygs live in more than 50 countries of the world. The diaspora of Jordan is considered one of many.

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