Turkish denial policy continues. There are forces in various circles of society that are aimed to “legalizing” the Genocide against Armenians and presenting the Armenian Question under another light. Here’s another case like this.
At the invitation of Afyonkarahisar Lawyers Association in the Turkish Chamber of Advocates it was held a seminar on the legal dimensions of the Armenian Question.
Turgay Sahin, president of the Afyonkarahisar Lawyers Association, told Anadolu Agency that the seminar organized by the Association was held between January 30 and February 1, 2020.
Sahin said the following:
“Armenians, who have lived peacefully in our lands for centuries, during the rebellion of 1890-1896, with their propaganda power, incited Western public opinion against the Ottoman Empire.
The state’s methods of dealing with their cruelties they themselves have inflicted have been viewed as “cruelty” and presented themselves as a victim and oppressed nation. Unfortunately, they still successfully maintain their perception and preaching preference. ”
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Recall for Western Armenia, that by the Council of People’s Commissars of Soviet Union December 29, 1917 decree proclaimed the rights of Armenians of the occupied territories of “Turkish Armenia” (Western Armenia) and the freedom of self-determination up to full independence.
And on January 19, 1920 the Allied Supreme Council at Paris Conference de facto and on May 11, 1920 at San Remo Conference de jure recognized the Armenian state in Western Armenia as an independent and sovereign state․
Western Armenia is one of the fighting states of World War I. It formed the Eastern Legion with France on November 15, 1916, involving Armenian volunteers, then, on February 1, 1919, the Armenian Legion was formed, the nucleus of the future Armenian National Army in Cilicia, which was first supported and then abandoned by France.
Turkey recognized Western Armenia by signing the Treaty of Sèvres (August 10, 1920), then occupied it.
Its border with Turkey was the subject of an Arbitration Award by the President of the United States Woodrow Wilson, on November 22, 1920, including the provinces of Bitlis, Van, Erzerum and Trebizond, but not recognized by the League of Nations and the UN bodies because it has since been occupied by Turkey.
On the occupied territories of Western Armenia from 1894 to 1923 the Armenian indigenous population was subjected to Genocide by three Turkish governments. The occupant Turkey then became a member of the League of Nations on July 18, 1932.
The city of Karin (Erzerum) is the official capital of Western Armenia recognized by the Allied Powers.
On the basis of article 93 of the Treaty of Sèvres, the rights of minorities are fully recognized by the State of Western Armenia.