19 May 2016

Esteemed Member of the German Federal Parliament,

We have learnt of the developments relating to the possibility of the Armenian allegations being discussed in the German parliament. In the framework of international law, human rights, peace, stability and security we would like to bring some information to your attention. We address those who respect justice, sovereignty, democracy and freedoms and who wish to know the truth behind this issue.

When did the Armenian issue come to the fore, what is the truth behind it?

The Turks and Armenians came into contact with each other beginning in the 11th Century and these two peoples lived with each other in peace and tranquillity until the end of the 19th Century. The Armenian question began with the 1774 Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca and the article of the 1878 Berlin Treaty which permitted Russia, France, England and Germany to interfere in the domestic affairs of the Ottoman Empire as the protectorate of the Armenians. The Armenians began organising for an independent state as a result of the intrigues of the aforementioned states. Subsequently the Armenians began to establish armed revolutionary committees, the most notable of which are the Ramgavar Party founded in 1885, the Hunchak Party founded in 1886 and the Dashnak Party founded in 1890. The programme of the aforementioned organisations was the foundation of an “independent Armenia in Eastern Anatolia” and to achieve this goal their openly stated tactics were to incite rebellion and conduct campaigns of terror.

The Armenian writer M. Varantyan in his work The History of the Dashnak Party explains the political programme of the Armenian committees as follows: “the aim of the organisation is to incite rebellion and as a consequence of this rebellion to gain independence or freedom as in Bulgaria and Lebanon.” The slogan of the committees was “Kill the Turks and Kurds wherever you find them. Kill reactionaries, those who aren’t true to their word, Armenian collaborators and attain your revenge.”

Consequently, a clear agenda which seeks to exploit Armenian sensitivities both past and present is at play – previously against the Ottoman Empire and currently against the Republic of Turkey.

Bloody Betrayal and Ethnic Cleansing during the First World War

The Armenian armed rebellions began in 1860 with the support of foreign powers and continued until World War One. During and after the war these rebellions had eventually taken the form of massacres. The Armenian rebels took the side of foreign powers against their own state. The war effort was severely hampered by the raiding of military depots, attacking of supply chains and the cutting of telegraph lines. Widespread massacres against Turkish civilians terrified the populace, forcing 1.5 million of them to migrate further west – the aim of this was to secure an Armenian majority in areas where the Armenians had previously constituted a minority. The Russian historian Irandust in his work Kemalist Devrimin İtici Güçleri argued that, “the armed Dashnaks units, formed on the initiative of the French, had carried out mass murder against the Turkish population (…) The Armenian gangs massacred entire villages one by one. Their programme to eliminate the Turkish population was carried out purposely and consciously by the administration of the foreign occupation forces.”

The Ottoman government began to relocate Armenian citizens to Syria and Lebanon, which at that time were also constituent parts of the Ottoman Empire, to mitigate the possibility of further military losses. The government issued the Relocation and Resettlement Law (Sevk ve İskân Kanunu) in line with contemporary military practice in cases of irregular warfare. Approximately 600,000 persons were resultantly forced to migrate. During the relocation great tragedies were experienced. Approximately 48,000 persons perished – mostly as the result of sickness and cold but also as a result of attacks by bands and those seeking revenge.

The Armenian side does not respect treaties, restarting its campaign of terror

At the conclusion of World War One in 1918, the Armenians sought to benefit from the surrender of Ottoman forces by migrating back to their ancestral lands in Anatolia. There they began a campaign of mass murder against the Turkish populace. This continued until 1920. With the final defeat of Armenian forces by the army of Kazım Karabekir the 1920 treaties of Alexandropol and Moscow, Treaty of Kars in 1921 and finally the 1923 Lausanne Treaty secured the present borders of Turkey and guaranteed peace.

This period can be summarised as follows: between 1860 and 1920, that is to say for sixty years, the western powers managed to fool the Armenians with the pledge of “founding a state between the two seas” (Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea). This resulted in the Armenians attacking the state with the dream of founding their own state in eastern Anatolia. For their own part, the Turks took the position of defending their homeland. Expressed more tragically, the Armenian issue is a story of an unjust aggressor and a righteous victim.

Armenians who don’t respect agreements begin a campaign of terror

The peace secured at the Lausanne Conference lasted for fifty years – in 1973 the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenian (ASALA) emerged onto the world stage. Between the years 1973 and 1985, they were responsible for the murders of over 45 Turkish diplomats and personnel. Between the years 1988-1995, the Republic of Armenia occupied 20% of Azerbaijan’s land. During the same period, the Armenian government carried out ethnic cleansing. In one single night six-hundred and thirteen (613) women, children and elderly persons were massacred in the settlement of Khojaly and in general over 1 million Azeri Turks were displaced. The world has stood idly by in the face of these occupations, massacres and ethnic cleansing for twenty-two years. It should also be noted that the very same western powers that utilised Armenian gangs in their drive to dismember the Ottoman Empire have also rendered their support for these crimes against international law and against humanity.