significant dimension of the Armenian issue from Turkey’s
point of view is the start of the use of armed terror methods
by the Armenians against the Turks. This aggressive strategy
which was aimed directly at Turkish statesmen, started with
the bombed attack launched in 1905 against Emperor Abdulhamid
the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923, there was
a peaceful period until 1965. In 1965 the terrorist movements
suddenly rekindled with the support of the Armenian lobby.
Turkish diplomats were killed, nearly 20 monuments were erected
until the end of 1972 and a systematic press and publication
activity was launched.
the Armenian terror period, it was the traditional Tashnak
and Hinchak organisations that designed, developed and implemented
the attacks, diversified the targets, provided manpower for
the terrorist teams, gave them moral and psychological support
and found the necessary contacts for them.. The organisation
that made itself known most frequently in this process was
the ASALA, the acronym of the Armenian Secret
Army for the Liberation of Armenia.
creators of the new terror age were the traditional terrorist
organisations through the teams and groups that they trained,
and the ASALA with the most merciless and inhuman practices
under an independence mask. ASALA received its moral and psychological
support, and the medium for contacts and relations from Hinchak.
It may be stated on the basis of the foregoing that the traditional
terror continued without respite, benefited from the occasions
offered in the ‘60s and, making use of the of the opportunities
launched a manhunt against Turks.
Armenian terrorist organisations showed a rapid ascent within
a relatively short time by armed assaults against the Turkish
officials, representations and organisations abroad. During
this period, the Armenians who secured themselves bases in
Central and Eastern European Countries, and Syria and Lebanon
also received help from the Cypriot Greeks and Greece.
Armenian terror organisations, upon adverse reactions from
the world opinion, have changed have their tactics and entered
into co-operation with the terrorist group PKK in the ‘80s.
PKK was pushed into the scene with the attacks directed against
Eruh and ªemdinli in 1984 and the Armenian terrorist group
ASALA withdrew to the background. The facts evidencing the
connection between the Armenians and PKK are the following:
terrorist group PKK announced the dates between 21 and 28
April 1980 as the Red Week and commemorated the 24th April
as the day of genocide committed against Armenians.
8th April 1980, PKK and ASALA organised a joint press conference
in the City of Sidon in Lebanon and issued a declaration at
the end of this conference. Because of the reactions against
this event, however, they decided to maintain their relations
illegally on a secret basis. PKK and ASALA declared joint
responsibility for the attacks made on the Turkish Consulate
General in Strasbourg on 9th November 1980 and on the Turkish
Airlines bureau in Rome on 9th November the same year.
Öcalan, the separatist terrorist and the leader of PKK, was
elected to honorary membership of “the Association of Armenian
Authors” for “his intellectual contributions to the idea of
Kurdistan Committee within the Armenian Popular Movement was
formed as in many European countries.
4th June 1993, the Armenian Hinchak Party held a meeting at
the PKK headquarters in Western Beyrouth with the participation
of several members of PKK and ASALA.
striking example of the Armenian-PKK relations is the following
group of decisions taken in the meetings held at two separate
churches in Beyrouth from 5th to 9th January 1993, with the
participation of the Armenian Orthodox Archbishop, officials
of the Armenian Party and about 150 youth representatives:
somewhat sedate attitude should be reserved toward Turkey
for the time being.
Armenian community is on the way to growth and better economic
propaganda activities have started to make the genocide claims
better understood in the rest of the world.
recently-founded Armenian State, with a constantly growing
territory, will definitely avenge the ancestors of its citizens.
Western powers and particularly the United States side with
and favour the Armenians in the combat for Karabakh. This
opportunity should be well exploited as more and more Armenian
young men join the ranks in this fight.
civil war in Turkey ( referring to the war against PKK terrorism)
will continue and eventually collapse the country’s economy,
leading to an uprising by the entire population.
will be separated and a Kurdish State will be formed.
will hold good relations with the Kurds and support their
presently held by the Turks will become Armenian tomorrow.
may be stated briefly that the common goal of the Armenian
terrorist organisations is to destabilise Turkey using all
available opportunities, to save the so-called Armenian land
under occupation, and to create an independent Great Armenia.
These expectations appear to be nurtured also by the new state
of Armenia under different forms and guises.