Artsakh FM: Turkey's policies pose major threat to regional and global peace and stability

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Artsakh FM: Turkey's policies pose major threat to regional and global peace and stability
23 February 2022   23:53

 The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh, David Babayb affirmed that the Turkish state practices a policy of state terrorism against all components, ethnicities and religions in the region, and pointed out that Turkish support for terrorism poses a threat to global security and peace. He stressed that Turkey views all Kurdish organizations as "terrorist" because  its policy is based on genocide. This came in an exclusive interview conducted by our agency with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh, David Babayab, during his talk about the necessity of removing the name of the PKK from the "terror list".  Babayab stressed that Turkey is pursuing a policy of genocide against the Kurds and views them as terrorist organizations, and criticized international inaction in putting an end to Turkish support for terrorism.

 The following is the text of the interview:

1. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Kurds, Armenians and Arabs have been killed by successive Turkish regimes amid regional and international silence. Instead of punishing Turkey, the international community is punishing peoples who yearn for freedom by including the PKK on its "terror list". In your opinion, how did this policy affect the rights of the Kurdish people?

The Turkish state has been activity persuading the police of genocide towards different ethnic and religious groups since late 19th century. As the result of this genocidal policy the first genocide in the history of humanity-the Genocide of Armenians was carried out in 1915. The Turkish state also committed the Genocide of Greek, Yazidis, Assyrian people as the result of which millions were brutally killed, millions were forcefully displaced and deported. The Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Yazidis were deprived of their historical homeland, their property, material and non-material wealth was looted and destroyed.

The Kurdish people have been also the target of Turkish genocidal policy for decades. The Kurds also suffered great losses, persecution inhumane treatment. The Kurds are the largest nation in the world who do not have the independent statehood.

The Turkish state has not changed its genocidal policy and aims, it is persistently straggling to prevent international recognition of the above-mentioned genocides which equals committing genocide in political, legal and moral spheres. Following this logic Turkey is labeling different organizations and individuals who are straggling for the rights and freedoms of their people as terrorists.

2. Turkey uses chemical weapons against the Kurds on the one hand, attacks the Kurds, Arabs, and Armenians, occupies their lands and deserts them, and brings about demographic change in their areas on the one hand, and throws Kurdish politicians in Turkey into prisons. Is this not terrorism?

Of course, this is terrorism but in its most dangerous manifestation - it is the state terrorism.

3.The Kurds are fighting for their legitimate rights, and Turkey supports the Al-Nusra Front, ISIS and other terrorist organizations. Which should be put on the terrorism list, Turkey or the PKK?

As it was mentioned, in the case of Turkey we have a state sponsored terrorism policy and within this framework Ankara has established very close ties with various terrorist and extremist organizations. The people of Artsakh faced this in 2020 during the war unleashed by Azerbaijan with direct participation of Turkey and thousands of terrorist militants who were brought to the region by Turkey. Among them there were representatives of ISIS and other terrorist groups. This kind of symbiosis poses a great threat to the regional and global peace and stability. The International community must react properly to this. Unfortunately, we do not see this kind of response. Unwillingness or inability to respond is pregnant with unpredictable consequences. The world has a quite limited time to elaborate and apply appropriate strategy. If this does not happen then it will be too late and will generate terrible outcomes.

4.The Kurds are fighting for their legitimate rights, and Turkey supports the Al-Nusra Front, ISIS and other terrorist organizations. Which should be put on the terrorism list, Turkey or the PKK?

As far as I know the PKK has been recognized as terrorist organization only by several states and organizations. Some countries even rejected the recognition of PKK as terrorist organization. The problem here is not PKK itself but the policy of Ankara against the Kurdish people. This policy is a genocidal one and recognition of various Kurdish organizations as terrorist organizations is nothing else than continuing the state policy of persecution and genocide towards the Kurdish people.

5.There are intellectuals and analysts in the Middle East and the world who assert that achieving peace in the Middle East can be achieved by removing the name of the PKK from the "terror list". How do you read these reviews?

As I mentioned the problem is not any particular organization, the core issue is the policy towards a particular nation. Restoring justice and ensuring stable peace in the region and within Turkey could be achieved only after substantial changes of Turkish state-building philosophy, recognition of the equality of different national and religious groups in a Turkey, renunciation from genocidal policy and discrimination. The problem is not the Turkish people itself. There are  not good or bad people, but there are dangerous and bad states. The Turkish state is exactly such kind of state.

A, G.Sh

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