The negative position of the Turkish government concerning the massacres of Armenians

  • by Western Armenia, April 25, 2023 in Armenocid

The biggest manifestation of the Turkish government’s denial was the rejection of the Treaty of Sevres, where it was clearly mentioned the return of the territories and compensation. However, there was no response from the outside world regarding the fulfillment of the requirements of the clauses of the contract signed by them. The policy of rejecting the Ottoman Empire excited the Turkish government.

Mustafa Kemal, who came to power on the basis of – Turkish territorial integrity, put an end to all trials. The Kemalists continued to claim that the Armenians were solely responsible. At the Lausanne Conference, Turkish Minister Mustafa Ismet Inyonu, speaking about the Armenian question, put all the blame on the Armenians, arguing that all their steps were necessary, just a means to suppress the rebellion. This thesis is the basis of the politicians guided by a negationist position.

In 1931 a more cynical thesis emerged, which claimed that the massacres were necessary to create a large state. The extermination of the Armenians of Western Armenia – occupied Western Armenia became an ethnically homogeneous state. Turkish policy then continued in the same manner. The genocide was not mentioned anywhere, moreover, the whole history was distorted. In 1945, the Turkish state became a member of the United Nations and signed the Genocide Convention. Until 1915-1916, the massacres were part of the genocide.

The Turkish government changed its position, in addition to denying the genocide, it distorted its own history and that of Armenia. It attributed to itself what was Armenian.