Leader of “Grey Wolves” Armenian?


25 Aug 04

Finding Armenian Roots – a Way to Defame politicians

The ethnic origin and/or religious background of certain Turkish
officials are often a theme for discussion in Turkey. We don’t mean
the Donmes, the Muslim Jews, but rather Christian Armenians. What’s
the reason of this genesis digging that turn into accusation? Before
answering this question we want to remind you that the Turkish
president Ahmed Nacet Sezer was subjected to doubts concerning his
birth in Kotahia, a Christian district.

Some of suchlike suppositions appear in the press others remain only
rumors. The last victims exposed to bigoted doubts were former
Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister Mesut Ylmazin
who was said to be Armenian, the present Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul
is said to have Georgian origin. Even more, the charismatic leader of
the “Grey Wolves” political organization Alparslan Turkesh, born in
Cyprus in 1917, was blamed for having adopted anArmenian child.

The founder of today’s Turkey Kemal Ataturk was also blamed for
adopting an Armenian daughter Sabiha Giokchen who later became the
first women pilot inthe Turkish air force.

Discussions over the origin of Sabiha Giokchen made the supreme
headquarters of Turkey intervene declaring officially: “Her Armenian
origin is of no importance. Even if it’s true that shows that Ataturk
tolerated religious and ethnic minorities.”

In order to prove that Armenian roots are means of defaming certain
politicians we shall bring the example of Devlet Bahceli, president of
the Nationalistic Movement party. The Turkish Akos Daily spreads
information ongenealogy of Bahceli referring to another newspaper

According to the Akos Daily August 13 issue, a Turkish historian Jezmi
Yurtsevert studied Bahceli’s genealogy and published in the
newspaper. As a result of the research historian concluded that
Bahceli is a 100 percent Turk withno drop of Armenian or Christian
blood. In 2003 Yurtsevert studied the Ottoman archives and turned to
the municipality of Kozan (Armenian name for Kozan is Sis, the
birthplace of Bahceli) to find out facts about his birth certificate.

Jezmi Yurtsevert concludes with the following words: “Documents of the
Ottoman archive refute the false claims about Bahceli’s Armenian
origin. The results of the research show that he comes from Turkmen
fattahli tribe and that his forefathers in the Ottoman era were feuds
occupying the lands stretching from Urha to Marash. No doubt that it’s
a trick to put an end to the political carrier of Bahceli by using an
Armenian weapon.”