“Ar­me­nian geno­cide: real his­tory or his­tor­i­cal lie” con­fer­ence

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Asci­en­tific and prac­ti­cal con­fer­ence "Ar­me­nian geno­cide: real his­tory or his­tor­i­cal lie" kicked off in Baku on April 24.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous state struc­tures, MPs and for­eign par­tic­i­pants at­tended the con­fer­ence or­ga­nized by the State Com­mis­sion on Pris­on­ers of War, Hostages and Miss­ing Per­sons.

In his re­marks at the event, Sec­re­tary of the State Com­mis­sion on Is­mayil Akhun­dov high­lighted the goal of the con­fer­ence and the is­sues to be dis­cussed at the event.

Chair­man of Turkey's Talat Pasa Com­mit­tee Ali Erdinc, addressing the event, de­liv­ered a lec­ture on "What ac­tu­ally hap­pened on April 24, 1915" Re­sponse to Ar­me­nian lies, and the im­por­tance of Azer­bai­janTurkey re­la­tions in this re­gard".

He said that the com­mit­tee aims to re­veal the ground­less Ar­me­nian claims and in­crease the world com­mu­nity`s aware­ness of re­al­i­ties in order to en­sure ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and na­tional security of Turkey and Azer­bai­jan.

“We must fight against Ar­me­nian lies, hin­der­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Turkey and Azer­bai­jan, oth­er­wise it will in­crease,” he said.

Erdinc re­minded that dur­ing 1915-1918 Ar­me­ni­ans killed tens of thou­sands of in­no­cent peo­ple in Van, Is­tan­bul, Erzu­rum and other cities of Turkey, as well as in Baku and other Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries.

“We need to in­form the world com­mu­nity about these atroc­i­ties of the Ar­me­ni­ans and not give them the op­por­tu­nity to de­ceive the world com­mu­nity by hid­ing their crim­i­nal acts,” he noted.

The Ar­me­ni­ans com­mit­ted geno­cide of the Azer­bai­ja­nis in the be­gin­ning of the 20th century. This geno­cide was car­ried out with ex­treme vi­o­lence in Baku, Shamakhi and Guba coun­ties, as well as in Karabakh, Zangezur, Nakhchivan, Lankaran and other re­gions of Azer­bai­jan. Ar­me­ni­ans killed many civil­ians in these ar­eas, burned and razed to the ground vil­lages and de­stroyed Azer­bai­jani mon­u­ments of na­tional cul­ture.

Azer­bai­jani MP Isa Habib­bayli, in turn, noted that Azer­bai­jan has al­ways fought and continues to fight against Ar­me­nian lies.

“The ba­sis of work in this di­rec­tion was laid by na­tional leader Hey­dar Aliyev, and to­day it is con­tin­ued by Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev,” he said.

Habib­bayli noted that to­day Ar­me­ni­ans con­tinue to spread lies and it is nec­es­sary to strengthen work on the fight against Ar­me­nian lies.

The Ar­me­ni­ans fal­sify his­tory and in­clude a part of Ana­to­lia and other ter­ri­to­ries in the map of ‘Great Ar­me­nia’. “There­fore, we, Azer­bai­jani and Turk­ish sci­en­tists, should jointly fight against fal­si­fi­ca­tions of the Ar­me­ni­ans,” the MP said.

Former Om­buds­man of Moldova Aure­lia Grig­o­riu, in turn, noted that Ar­me­nia is a mono-eth­nic state and it does not want to see rep­re­sen­ta­tives of other na­tions in the coun­try.

“There­fore, the topic dis­cussed to­day is im­por­tant not only for Azer­bai­jan, Turkey and the Tur­kic peo­ples, but is also rel­e­vant for all peo­ples of the world. Ar­me­ni­ans ac­tively use for­eign me­dia for spread­ing false pro­pa­ganda,” she said.

Head of Depart­ment of the Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary, PhD in His­tory Nazim Mustafa, se­nior re­search fel­low of the Cen­ter for Strate­gic Stud­ies Araz Gur­banov, Pro­fes­sor of the In­sti­tute of Ori­en­tal Stud­ies, PhD in His­tory Sol­maz Rus­ta­mova-To­hidi and oth­ers also ad­dressed the con­fer­ence.

Many his­to­ri­ans, schol­ars, ex­perts an­nounced that the hun­dredyear-old lie, the so-called ‘Ar­me­nian geno­cide’ con­tra­dicts his­tor­i­cal facts. Ever since Ar­me­nia came out shout­ing ‘geno­cide’, no real in­ves­ti­ga­tion into such allegations has ever been car­ried out although Turkey pro­posed Ar­me­nia to open its mil­i­tary archives and in­ves­ti­gate the is­sue. More­over, there have been many ac­counts which ac­tu­ally dis­proof Ar­me­nia' stance.

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