Couple of months ago, I wrote a post about a trip to Georgia for a workshop called Model Caucasus Parliament (MCP). I also wrote about a visit to an ethnic Azerbaijani village just 15 minutes drive from Telavi where the workshop was held.
Well, this was just the beginning of what I hoped for many more visits to come. And another trip did actually happen. This time, it wasn't me, instead, Onnik Krikorian- a talented and creative journalist based in Yerevan (also Global Voices Online's Caucasus editor)- together with two blogging journalism students from Azerbaijan, Vusala Alibayli and Khanim Javadova and Georgian blogger and Global Voices Online author Dodi Kharkheli (also known as Dodka) joined the initiative to continue where we left just couple of months ago.
This time, the stop was Tsopi- small village where both Azerbaijanis and Armenians live together.
Here you may find a little bit more about the visit and the initiative itself: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2009/12/30/overcoming-negative-stereotypes-in-the-south-caucasus/;
This could be a real push in building dialog between the two countries and their people not to mention perhaps a beginning of strong ties. These trips show that coexistence is possible and its only a matter of effort and will to make such collaboration and coexistence happen. Maybe it is time stop using NK conflict as a bargaining chip and stall growing enmity between the two people, replacing it with more initiatives as such. For now however, I would like to thank everyone who took part in this initiative- well done!