Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Turkic countries issue false statements on Armenian Genocide


The summit of friendship, fraternity and cooperation of Turkic countries issued a Baku Statement on the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1923. The statement says in part that “attempts of parliamentarians of some states to express an erroneous attitude about historical events are nothing but a preconceived approach to the entire Turkic world.”

Turkic states claim that statements about the Armenian Genocide do not base on the historical truth. “Armenia did not respond to Turkey’s official proposal to open archives and form a joint Turkish-Armenian commission of historians,” the document says.

The authors furnish absolutely false data as regards the Armenian population in Turkey in the early 20th century. “Some 150 thousand of Armenians lived on the Turkish territory at that period. Historical facts, documents and evidence of witnesses prove that the events taken place in 1915-1918 were conditioned by hostilities between the Turkish army and Armenian armed unites, which yielding to Russia and some western states stabbed Turkey in the back… Armenians brutally killed over 2 million of Turks.”

Concluding the statement, the authors emphasize that “bringing these facts to the notion of the international community, we once again state that investigation in historical disputes is the business of historians but not politicians,” Bakinsky Rabochy newspaper reports.

According to the data of the Constantinople Patriarchate of the Armenian Apostolic Church about 2.5 million if Armenians lived in six vilayets of Western Armenia. 1.5 million of Armenians lived in Istanbul, Izmir and other major cities. In February 1915 the Young Turks triumvirate adopted a secret directive on deportation and slaughter of the Armenian population of Turkey. Over 1.5 million of Armenians were killed, many died of starvation and diseases.

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