Circassian Association of California
Adyghe Khasa


Cherkessk Community of Australia
December 3, 2009.

Circassian community of Australia is deeply concerned about the situation around the disputed land in the Kabardino-Balkaria. The draft law "On the status of land transhumance in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic" detriment to the interests Circassians CBD seriously destabilize the already strained relations between the Circassians and Balkars. The government succumbed to pressure the CBD Balkarian ultra-nationalists taking the bill endangers the relative stability and inter-ethnic peace in the country. Circassians CBD is still tolerated and did not respond to provocations. But their patience is not limitless, and the continuing disregard and infringement of interests of Circassians CBD can lead to open confrontation between the Balkar and Adygeya. In such a conflict would inevitably involved neighboring Karachay-Cherkessia, and Adygea, and the same extensive Circassian community. We do not undertake to predict future developments, as well as the scale of international resonance caused by such events on the eve of the Summer Olympics in Sochi in 2014, as well as possible consequences of such events for the Olympics.

We urge the authorities of the CBD, the leaders of Russia, as well as Balkaria elite to exercise prudence and not rock the already difficult situation. Attempts to force pressure on the leaders of the Circassian movements can only exacerbate the situation and lead to the radicalization of the nationalist-minded part of Circassian society with all its consequences.

We support all the demands put forward by the youth movements at a rally Circassian Circassian community CBD held November 17 in Nalchik. We believe that satisfy all these requirements, in particular paragraphs 1-6 is fundamentally important to maintain relative stability in the CBD, KChR and generally in the northern Caucasus, and thus in Russia as a whole.

Circassian Community of Australia

Representatives of the Circassian community of Australia met with the
Metropolitan Illarion

Representatives of the Circassian community of Australia met with Eminence Illarion - Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church in the attraction of international influence to the recent developments in the CBD.

Metropolitan Hilarion was briefed with the history and essence of the problem. Representatives of the Circassian community also gave him his appeal a previous president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev. Metropolitan Hilarion Circassians listened with great attention, and assured that he would try to draw attention to this issue and personally hand over a petition to the Patriarch of All Russia in February in the hope that it helps in rapid resolution of the situation in the CBD.

Source: Circassian Association Australia