TURKISH SCHOLAR CLAIMS OTTOMAN ARMENIANS KILLED THEIR OWN PEOPLE

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey
April 22 2015

KAYSERÄ°

A scholar from a university in central Turkey has claimed
well-disguised Ottoman Armenians attacked their own villages in 1915
to win independence from the crumbling Ottoman Empire.

"According to our studies in the Ottoman archives, Armenians wore the
clothing of Kurdish, Laz, Circassian and Turkish peoples in Anatolia
and raided their own villages, killing their own people for the sake
of winning independence," associate professor doctor Cevdet Kırpık
from Erciyes University in the Kayseri province told the state-run
Anadolu Agency on April 22.

As the only large non-Turkic, non-Muslim nation remaining in the
Ottoman Empire during the 1870s, Kırpık suggested that Armenians
decided to resort to "rebellion and terror" to secede like Serbia,
Bulgaria and Montenegro had previously done. "By raiding their
villages in Turkish clothes, they were trying to provoke Armenians
against the Ottomans," he said, adding the Ottoman state caught and
killed some assailants during their attacks on Armenian villages.

The Turkish scholar's unconventional explanation for the many deaths
of Ottoman Armenians came days before the tragedy's centennial
anniversary.

Armenia says up to 1.5 million Ottoman Armenians were killed in
a genocide which began in 1915. Turkey denies the deaths amount
to genocide, saying the death toll of Armenians killed during mass
deportations has been inflated and that those killed in 1915 and 1916
were victims of general unrest during World War I.

April/22/2015

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