While Academy of Science Stays Silent, Turkey’s Fraud will Succeed


31 July 2004

International Organizations Disoriented by Turkish “Proofs”

In their issues of July 20 two Turkish newspapers Milliet and Eni
Shafak citing Anatolu news agency informed that scientists from
Armenia and Turkey exchanged 100 documents on the Armenian Genocide
during Vienna meeting of July 16. The Milliet together with two other
Turkish publications, Radical and Turkish Daily News, addressed to the
meeting once again on July 21.

The Turkish press gave no name of Armenian scientist participating at
the meeting but, instead, emphasized that the meeting was arranged by
the Armenian-Turkish platform of Vienna, was presided by the Vienna
University professor Mr. Biehl and that the Turkish delegation was
headed by Prof. Halachoghlu, president of the Organization of Turkish

While most of the Turkish newspapers were evading the Armenian
delegation, Radical wrote, referring to the president of the Institute
of Armenian Studies of the Eurasian Military Research Center Hasan
Okta, that the Armenian sidewas represented by the president of the
Museum-Institute of Armenian Genocide and by a professor of the
Armenian National Academy of Sciences.

The Azg Daily has posted the abovementioned articles without adding
any comment. Dr. Hasan Okta rushed to inform Azg Daily that never
mentioned the president of the Museum-Institute and the professor of
the academy in his interviewed to the Radical and that the newspaper
was mistaken.

Ashot Melkonian, president of the Institute of History of the National
Academy of Sciences, wrote to Azg Daily saying that the Turkish
informationabout the Armenian scientists participating in the Vienna
meeting was a blatant lie, and the president of the Museum-Institute
of the Armenian Genocide Dr. Lavrenti Barseghian wrote about the
translations from the Turkish press that “the journalist published
false materials of the Anatolu news agency without checking them out.”

It is out of doubt that Dr. Hasan Okta would not have turned to Azg
Daily to refute the misleading information of the Turkish press unless
Azg Daily hadn’t published the Turkish coverage of the Vienna
meeting. We wouldn’t have had Ashot Melkonian’s and Lavrenti
Barseghian’s response to Turkish deception either.

We should mention that the Turkish press didn’t aim at Azg Daily but
rather intended to disorient interested international
organizations. Consequently, referring to the Turkish publications,
Azg Daily only disclosed the plot.

Though the lie is unmasked, there still remains a major question: is
the international community aware of this? Armenia should immediately
find out the names of Armenian scientists participating in the
meeting, then inform the University of Vienna of the fraud and demand
that both the Armenian-Turkishplatform and the university, as the
organizer of the meeting, speak publicly over the issue.

It should be the initiative of the Armenian Academy of Sciences to
inform and demand explanation from the Vienna University as the latter
had turned to the Academy and received its consent over arranging an
Armenian-Turkish meeting in Vienna.

The present attitude of the Armenian Academy is just amazing to
us. Are they unaware of what is going on, are they indifferent? It is
hard to say. But we know for sure that Turkey takes advantage over
Armenia in the issue of the Armenian Genocide and presents its false
facts to the Vienna University andother international organizations
whereas the Armenian Academy of Sciences is reluctant to act.

Although the falsifications cannot stop the process of the Armenian
Genocide acknowledgment, they may hinder it. The fact that the
Genocide acknowledgement is a first priority for our state should not
be a secret for our scientific organizations especially for the
National Academy of Sciences.

By Hakob Chakrian