Azerbaijani and Turkish Diaspora Need to Hold Joint Fight to Prevent Myth on Armenian Genocide: Turkish Ambassador
Israel, Jerusalem, 1 April /corr. Trend R.Abdullayev / Azerbaijani and Turkish diasporas need to hold a joint struggle in order to prevent the myth of the Armenian genocide propagated by the Armenian diasporas, Turkey's Ambassador to Turkey, Namik Tan, said. "We should be seriously engaged in full-scale propaganda to prevent the lies which Armenian diasporas are spreading worldwide," the diplomat said during the event in Israel's city of Rishon Le Tsion, with regards to Genocide Day of the Azerbaijanis.
In order to realize this insidious idea, measures of military, ideological and organizational character have been taken sequentially, Tan said. "Many years of the history of Azerbaijan and Turkey have been roughly distorted, and the history of Armenia has been described 'as more ancient' and artificially overstated. Even in Israel, they raise this issue in Knesset," the Turkish diplomat said.
According to him, the possibility of discussing the so-called 'Armenian genocide' in the Knesset of Israel is regrettable. Namik Tan his expressed gratitude to the Congress of the Azerbaijanis in Israel for sharply condemning the biased and wrong initiative of the Israeli MP Oron and for supporting and protecting the interests of Turkey and Azerbaijan in Israel.
Supporting the opinion of the Turkish diplomat, the leader of Israeli 'Herut' Party, Michael Kleiner, stated that no tragedy in the world can be compared with the Holocaust. "Tragedies may take place, but no-one has the right to speculate the tragedy of a nation losing 6,000,000 people," he said. Michael Kleiner highlighted high ethnic and religious solidarity of the Azerbaijanis. "The Jews residing in Azerbaijan have never sustained pursuits and discrimination and have maintained their national and cultural traditions," Kleiner said.
The President of the Congress of the Azerbaijanis in Israel, Alex Shapiro Suliman, said that after Azerbaijan regained its independence, a possibility appeared to create an objective picture of the historical past of the nation. "The genocide against the Azeri people which has not received its political and legal assessment for many years is one of the little-investigated pages of Azerbaijan's history. Gulustan and Turkmenchay agreements signed in 1813 and 1828 was a beginning to the division of Azerbaijan's historical land," Suliman added. According to him, the genocide has transformed into an integral part of the occupation of the Azerbaijani lands.
The representative of the Universal Peace Federation, Hod Ben Tsvi, said that practically the world does not know anything about the genocide of the Azerbaijanis and highlighted the necessity to increase information to the international community.
During the event, a photo exhibition was organized and literature was handed out regarding the genocide of the Azerbaijanis.