Monday, July 7th, 2014

A gleeful pro-Ankara protester thanks the United States for continuing
its complicity in Armenian Genocide denial

WASHINGTON--The largest Turkish lobbying group in the United States
has prepared a plan to counter efforts by Armenian-Americans on the
centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

April 24, 2015, will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Armenian
Genocide of 1915, in which 1.5 million Armenians were massacred or
exiled from their historic homeland. Turkey denies that a genocide
ever took place and has routinely campaigned heavily against efforts
to bring recognition to the Armenian Genocide in the United States
and abroad.

The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA), a
Washington-based group founded in 1979, has prepared a "master plan"
to "respond to the Armenians' claims on every front."

The Turkish campaign, which will include "both proactive and reactive
responses," will be introduced to all Turkish groups that will be
invited to Washington in September.

"Proactive" measures include the forming of "activist committees" who
will visit lawmakers in each state, conduct social media campaigns,
keep in touch with traditional media outlets, prepare online courses
and organize countrywide networking meetings for Americans.

One part of the initiative consists of the organization of at least
20 "day-long conferences" in partnership with local universities and
with the participation of famous Turkish-Americans like Dr. Mehmet
Oz and Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent.

"Reactive" responses will include immediately countering when "claims
from Armenians are published or featured in panels, conferences and
exhibitions organized by the Armenian lobby groups." The ATAA says
it will request from writers and publishers to include Turkish claims
in their books or documentaries based on the Armenian claims.

Another aspect of the Turkish campaign will focus on Capitol Hill. The
ATAA will cooperate with PaxTurcica for a joint educational program
for the members of Congress. Members of the U.S. Congress will be
instantly informed when they are presented with an anti-Turkish bill.

The Turkish-American community will also hold a fundraising event
for every such event that the Armenian lobbies organize in the U.S.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress