Jan 3 2012

"France Should Be Immidiately Removed From Minsk Group"

Tuesday, 03 January 2012 14:54 .Turkishny.com interviews the
president of Association for Fighting Against Baseless Genocide
Allegations (ASIMED), Assistant Professor Doctor Sava┼? E─?ilmez.

Turkishny.com: Can you inform us on the purposes and activies of
Association for Fighting Against Baseless Genocide Allegations

Sava┼? E─?ilmez: The most important purpose of ASIMED, which was founded
5 years ago, is to inform international community and especially
United States, which were misguided with false data by Armenian
diaspora. Besides these, we are handling activities against the
campaigns held by Armenian diaspora and working periodically to
minimize their radius of action.

Furthermore, through the Youth Initiative Platform (Gen├ž ─░nisiyatif
Platformu ` G─░P), we are trying to prevent activities against Republic
of Turkey and Turkish nation on national and international platforms.
These organizations are scanning the national and international media
everyday to take action against the false information about Turkey and
the Armenian issue.

Turkishny.com: Can you mention us about your website
www.therealhistory.org and your new projects?

Sava┼? E─?ilmez: Therealhistory.org, the media organ of ASIMED, is the
first of its kind in Turkey regarding its working principle. It an
up-to-date website that follows the agenda about the Armenian issue.
We broadcast in 5 languages and have over 20 thousand active members.

The activities, campaigns and briefings of the association are handled
through this web site. Every update on the website is being posted to
the thousands of members. Receiving over 30 thousand visitors
monthly, the last campaing on the website was about informing the
international community about the massacres and genocides that France
committed in Algeria and Ruanda. We will start broadcasting of a
documentary in four languages on Armenian issue within this week.

Turkishny.com: How do you evaluate the attitude of France on Armenia
and so called Armenian genocide?

Sava┼? E─?ilmez: If someone should count the reasons for France to bring
so called Armenian genocide on the agenda and to pass an unreasonable
bill, none can say one of those reasons is that France loves Armenians
and struggles to do something for them.

One of the reasons of this policy is the aim of Sarkozy to attract the
sympathy of Armenian community who are very efficient on the political

Another reason is to strain the nerves of Turkey as it became a very
serious competitor within the borders of `Arabian spring'. France
wants to settle a score against Turkey as it sees Turkish existence in
the area as an obstacle for its politic purposes.

Turkishny.com: Vatican announced that it will publich some archive
documents regarding so called Armenian genocide. ASIMED initated a
campaign and sent letters to Vatican officials. Did you get any
response from them?

Sava┼? E─?ilmez: Vatican periodically announces that it has archive
documents regarding Armenian issue and that they will be soon
published. Actually we know very well what kind of documents they
have. These documets are just the letters which are full of lies and
which are sent by Armenian rebels, who were massacring Turkish people,
to Vatican for asking the support of Christian world.

We were bored of Vatican to make announcements about publishing the
documents over and over again so we sent them letters calling them to
immidiately publish them. They did not give any response. They did not
give any exact date about publishing the documents either. I guess
they changed their idea again.

Turkishny.com: It is considered that usage of Armenian allegations
against Turkey as a politic card may end as Turkey's strength and
prestige grows in the international arena. Do you agree?

Sava┼? E─?ilmez: We believe that usage of allegations of Armenian
genocide against Turkey will increase in the short haul as Turkey's
strength and prestige grows in the international arena. On the other
hand, we consider that this will narrow down Armenian diaspora's
radius of action in the long term. But i do not think that it will
ever end.

Turkishny.com: Armenian diaspora prepares for the 100th year of the
1915 incidents. They plan several activities of propaganda including
concerts and movies. What can Turkey do about these?

Sava┼? E─?ilmez: Armenian diaspora will be working to make efficient
countries of the world, especially United States to recognize Armenian
thesis by the 100th year of incidents. Their biggest intention now is
to shoot a movie about so called Armenian genocide that will be
directed by a famous director with a famous cadre. They also plan to
hold exhibitions and publish books. Briefly speaking, they will
intensify their usual activities.

Against these, Republic of Turkey and non-governmental organizations
should work in coordination. We need a two stage strategy. First to
provide information about 1915 incidents and Armenian issue in
international platforms and political areas. We should present the
Turkish history before and after Islam, stressing the tolerant and
fair Turkish rules. Armenian citizens of Turkey should also be
included in these activities to inform public about the relations
between Turks and Armenians through history.

Second stage of this strategy should be policies of precautions.
Shooting of those movies should be prevented. We should keep the track
of every step against Turkey so we can prevent them immidiately.

Turkishny.com: How do you evaluate the activities of OSCE Minsk Group
which was formed 20 years ago to mediate between Azerbaijan and
Armenia to resolve Karabakh conflict? Does OSCE MG contribute the

Sava┼? E─?ilmez: Minks Group, which was formed by Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), did not make any progress
since 20 years.

One of the biggest reasons for this is that France, a country which
has already announced that it is a party of the conflict, is one of
the co-chairs of the group. Another reason for the unsuccess is that
co-chairing countries are trying to solve the conflict within the
interests of their own countries instead of struggling for a fair
resolution. This way, OSCE Minsk Group will not make any contribution
to the resolution of Karabakh problem for another 20 years.

France should be immediately removed from the Minsk Group. Our
association will very soon initiate a campaign for this cause.

─░brahim H. Aydo─?an ` Turkishny.com