05 March 2006


It is pleasing to see that political representatives of Turkish and Armenian communities intersect each other at a common point at last, in that Armenian officials nearly confirm the statements frequently made by Turkey on international platforms that “Armenia is a serious instability factor in the region,” and “it pursues an aggressive and hostile policy towards its neighbors” .

Having heard about the skills of Armenia in “creating instability in the region”, this time from the expressions of Hrant Margaryan, one of the lieutenants of the Dashnak Party which shares the current government in the country, there remains no need for another word.

President Kocaryan and Hrant Margaryan, who made a public speech on the occasion of the 115th anniversary of the Dashnak Party that is represented in the Armenian Government with three ministers, did not refrain from mentioning their desire concerning “compensation demands” hidden below the scheme of “genocide” while talking about genocide claims and their efforts to corner Turkey in international arena – particularly in the EU process.

Thus, he satisfied the curiosity of radical circles who continue to argue whether “recognition of genocide will provide basis for compensation demands or not”, and clearly demonstrated tendencies of Armenian government on the issue.

Stating that “genocide” and compensation issues could not be considered separately, Margaryan also claimed that “people should not believe those who cannot see the connection between Turkey’s rejection of genocide and Armenia’s security”; he thus provokes Armenian people that “Turkey, which does not recognize genocide, constitutes a threat to Armenia’s security”.

The aggression of the Dashnak Party is not limited to Turkey; Azerbaijan and Georgia also have their share of this aggression…

Maintaining that seizure of Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) from Azeris and its’ occupation is the greatest achievement of Armenians in the last 900 years, Margaryan stated that they have helped the consolidation of the independence and military power of Nagorno Karabakh for 15 years. So, with these statements, Margaryan reveals the indications that Armenian government will respond the efforts made for the resolution of Nagorno Karabakh issue with an uncompromising and aggressive approach.

On the other hand, this Dashnak official, who mentioned that the whole Armenian nation is concerned with the problems of Armenians living in Cavaheti region of Georgia, told that they aim to bring the issue on the political agenda of Georgia by expressing problems of these people and that as a matter of fact they realized this to some extent. Margaryan did not avoid disclosing how they incite Armenian people against Georgian administration by explaining that autonomy demands of Armenians living in Georgia’s Cavaheti region were being supported by them.

The following statements of Margaryan constitute an example for Armenian officials’ contradictory statements which confess what a malicious motive they have while they assert that they do not have any malicious intention: “Demand for autonomy does not mean separation from Georgia. Georgia’s political stability is also significant for Armenia(!) Cavaheti Region is a part of Armenian homeland. Therefore, the whole Armenian nation will support the struggle of this region.”

As a matter of fact, many Armenian officials expressed in their statements from time to time that behind the autonomy demands for this region of Georgia lies the final objective of merging the region to Armenia later.

Besides, Margaryan states that they are represented in the Parliament with a share of 11 percent, they are included in the coalition government, but they are much more active in Armenian politics than the percent of the vote they got. Mentioning that they have been cooperating with President Kocaryan since 1990 and that they fought together with him in Nagorno Karabakh despite their differences of opinion; Margaryan noted that current collaboration was built upon joint views, they achieved not to make any concessions concerning Upper Karabakh issue during the term of President Kocaryan in office whom they support, they made progress on the way to the recognition of “genocide” in international arena, they did not accept Turkey’s preconditions, they made serious progress in the relations with the diaspora and established racial relationship with Armenians of Cavaheti region.

Although these very hostile statements were made by Dashnak Party, when we take into account that the party is partner to ruling government in Armenia and the facts drawing attention in Margaryan’s statements that “Dashnak Party is in close cooperation with Armenian President and Foreign Ministry” – which is frequently repeated by other Dashnak officials -, we can easily draw a conclusion that these expressions are actually the summary of Armenia’s regional policy.

Actually, it is not possible to understand where do Armenia – a country which attaches such an importance to its’ national security – wants to come to by inciting aggression towards its’ neighbors that it presents as “threat against its’ national security”.

I wonder when Armenia will understand that the biggest threat against its’ national security is actually itself.

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