14 March 2006

541) Turkish diaspora forms new platforms against Armenian genocide claims

Tomris Azeri: Meeting to denounce lies on Armenian genocide to be held in New York April 22

Azerbaijani-American society’s activists will hold a meeting in the New-York’s Time Square to denounce the Armenian lies about Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Turkey, chairman of Azeri-American community, Tomris Azeri told Trend on December 15 in Baku.

She also noted, that approximately at that time will be organized a symposium aimed to inform American society about the massacre of Azerbaijanis in the Nagorno- Karabakh, in particular in Khojali by Armenian separatists.

Azerbaijan Diaspora’s activity in the US becoming more and more substantial�, Tomris Azeri said, adding, that movement `s activists have distributed more than 600 statements and letters denouncing Armenian lies among American congressmen and senators.
Source: Trend
Author: E. Abdullayev

The Turkish diaspora is stepping up efforts to rescind recognition of Armenian genocide claims and to win support against its proponents ahead of April 24, the date Armenians say is the anniversary of the so-called genocide.

While Turkish associations in France joined forces under an umbrella committee to overturn the 2001 French law recognizing the Armenian genocide claims, the Workers' Party (IP) gathered over the weekend in Istanbul to outline plans for the Talat Pasha Movement, which will include a mass rally in Berlin on Saturday to denounce the Armenian claims.
The Turkish groups' decision to put forward a unified response to French recognition of Armenian genocide claims came during a meeting on Sunday with the participation of representatives from 10 associations under the leadership of the Anatolian Culture Center and the Kemalist Thought Association.

Besides starting an initiative to bring about the repeal of a the French law that recognizes the Armenian genocide, the umbrella committee decided to launch an initiative to give concrete answers "based on historic realities to foreign claims that aim at damaging Turkish independence." They also decided to conduct programs to inform and inspire Turkish society against Armenian claims and to inform French society about the realities of the issue.

Representatives of Turkish associations in France stressed at the meeting that they are not against the existence of Armenians but aim at making the historic realities supported by documents an issue of discussion for French citizens.

Turkish associations also stated they will give priority to the publishing of a book in French. They also announced that they will gather again next month to view strategies and activities that will be followed during the campaigns.

At a press conference last week, the groups organizing the committee meeting demanded that the French Parliament's recognition of the alleged genocide in 2001 be reversed, saying that judging history was up to historians not lawmakers, making reference to an earlier statement by French President Jacques Chirac.

As part of the activities to overturn Armenian claims, the organizers of the Talat Pasha Movement met over the weekend in Istanbul to finalize preparations to launch the movement in Berlin beginning on Saturday.

A mass demonstration aimed at denouncing Armenian genocide claims, to be held in Berlin under the slogan "Take your flag and come to Berlin," has caused tension between Turkey and Germany. Flyers announcing the movement read, "If Western capitals don't want to be burned like Paris, unjust treatment towards Turkey must end."

IP leader Dogu Perincek and former Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Rauf Denktas will lead the planned demonstration with the participation of many representatives from Turkish political parties and European non-governmental organizations (NGOs) within the framework of the Talat Pasha Movement. The main aim of the group is to put pressure on the German Parliament to remove official recognition of the Armenian genocide claims. The movement also aims to attract some 5 million supporters, including some 1,000 from Turkey.

Denktas is expected to lay flowers at the place in Berlin where Talat Pasha was assassinated on March 15, 1921 by an Armenian, and an assembly will gather in a memorial for Talat Pasha on Sunday.

In an effort to hamper these efforts, the German Embassy in Ankara turned down yesterday visa applications for some who might be intending to participate in the demonstration.

The same group last year also held a demonstration to mark the 82nd anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne. At that demonstration Perincek lashed out at a decision by Switzerland to punish those who deny the Armenian genocide claims, saying, "The Armenian genocide is an international lie," after which the prosecutor from Winterthur opened an investigation into Perincek and the incident turned into a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Switzerland.

ABHaber 14.03.2006


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