BRUSSELS–On September 29–the European Armenian Federation provided the European Commission with detailed information about the Turkish Government’s strategy in dealing with Armenian concerns.
The extensive 32 page report–titled "Turkey and the Armenian Genocide," covers policies adopted and enacted in 2003 with a special 2004 addendum–focusing on Turkey’s domestic policies in dealing with its Armenian minority and relations with foreign countries in regard to the Armenian genocide. The document excludes coverage on Turkey’s relations with Armenia–as well as its ongoing blockade of the country.
The report provides examples of alleged scientific research–administrative measures–manipulation tools–intimidation tactics–and diplomatic measures used by the Turkish government.
It outlines Turkey’s efforts to destabilize Armenian institutions in Turkey–providing information on so-called reconciliation attempts and threats against other countries.
"European policy-makers often have an incomplete view of Turkey’s aggressive policies toward their Armenian minority and Armenian issues in general. Often–only the most egregious tactics are taken into account. With this report–we aim to disclose the actual scale of this strategy–which serves as a fundamental pillar of Turkey’s State policy" said Laurent Leylekian–Executive Director of the European Armenian Federation.
"We updated this report with the most recent measures undertaken by Ankara–with special focus on the recent adoption of article 306–which criminalizes the affirmation of the Armenian genocide. This attack on liberty clearly contradicts accepted international laws dealing with freedom of speech–specifically articles 10–11–and 14 of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights–which will serve as an integral part of the forthcoming European Constitution" added Leylekian.
"Based on our findings–we hope that the European Commission’s annual report on Turkey will give a more complete account of Turkey’s denialist and anti-Armenian policies than previous years–policies which consistently violate the Copenhagen criteria. The absence of these findings would signal the Commission’s endorsement of Turkey’s racist and discriminatory policies," concluded Leylekian.
The report is available on the Federation’s website–www.eafjd.org.