War-torn Georgia ropes in Boney M member to spread message of peace

November 14th, 2007 - 2:17 am ICT by admin  
The region has been in the grip of a secessionist movement since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The war that erupted since then has cost thousands of lives.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said that he hoped the music would help lay down arms

“We hope that we’ll lure out people from their trenches, force them to drop [their] Kalashnikovs, come here and dance with the others and understand that nothing is as nice as peace, nothing is as nice as reconciliation,’ the BBC quoted him, as saying.

“This place was only famous for killings, violence, crime past and present. And now it’s like adding some new thing, it’s looking much more colourful, much less violent, just normal, and being normal is such a novelty here,” he added.

Though Barrett admitted that she did not know much about the situation, she said that she wanted to promote peace.

“Because it’s a peace festival I really feel honoured to be invited to come and take part,” she said.

Thousands flocked to the concert travelling through a mountain pass to attend the gig, which is not far away from the rebel capital of Tskhinvali

The concert took place in Tamarasheni, a village with a population of 500 who are loyal to Georgia.

The village is in the middle of the conflict and has been a witness to regular gun battles despite a ceasefire declaration. (ANI)

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