The Armenians’ concern has been distorted

by on 2012/01/09  •  In Comments

I commented on Georgia: Return of the Meskhetian Turks story on GlobalVoices.

Happy holidays, Onnik,

The concern of ethnic Armenians in Samtskhe-Javakheti regarding the resettlement or settlement of the Meskhetian(s) [Turks] is in regards to them being settled in Armenian populated areas of Samtskhe-Javakheti. When they were deported, the Meskhetian(s) [Turks] were not living in the Armenian majority areas of today’s Samtskhe-Javakheti (see map). Today, those areas are mainly populated by ethnic Georgians. The Armenians’ concern, as expressed through public announcements by local NGOs, is that the Meskhetian(s) [Turks] might be resettled in the Armenian populated areas of Samtskhe-Javakheti in an effort to change the demographics of the region. This concern has been distorted by the Georgian authorities and presented as if the Armenians are against the repatriation of the Meskhetian(s) [Turks] to their original places of residence, which are now mainly populated by ethnic Georgians.

2 Responses to The Armenians’ concern has been distorted

  1. Onnik Krikorian 2012/01/11 at 3:43 pm

    Giro, my understanding, and as mentioned in the piece, is that: “in order not to strain inter-ethnic relations, the Georgian government is settling Meskhetian Turks throughout the country.”

    Plus, the numbers are incredibly low anyway. 5,841 families (I assume) or 9,350 people.

    In fact, it seems as though the Georgian authorities have been dragging their heels on the Mesketian return because they don’t want problems.

    • Valentina 2012/02/29 at 8:26 am

      “Yeah, paobrbly pretty scary if you’re a Kemalist or a supporter of Turkish state policies and you would paobrbly do your damndest to condemn anyone involved with Armenian or Kurdish nationalism. But then, I don’t have a problem with PKK, and I didn’t have a problem with ASALA. And I didn’t have a problem with PKK/ASALA cooperation.”I cannot understand the logic behing these sentences, according to this i don’t have a problem with the al-kaida… but thank god i dont have the same logic with the writer of these sentences, just a couple of weeks ago PKK bombed a school bus which was carrying the soldiers’ children and you don’t have a problem with PKK.Second, stop talking about the history of this region with your limited knowledge. Ottoman archives have documents which shows the order of the abdulhamit about the protection of armenians. Turks do not deny exiles and killings of armenians by some of the turkish and kurdish mobs, but we deny the idea of a systematic killing. At that time Ottoman was falling apart, it is natural that there were clashes(after armenians greeks also started to use the genocide cliche) between the “millet”s of an old multi-national empire, my grandfather lost his father and uncle to the bulgarians without a trial, his family fled to Turkey after that, also nobody is talking about the crimea turks who were exiled to siberia, too. Even Armenian writers in Turkey state that it wasnt a genocide, but all the world who doesnt know shit is jumping on the topic with their racist and anti-islamist insticts, i already believe that it is very important to research the armenian exiles and killings, but thanks to the western world who used this for their political benefit, it is losing its importance and believability.

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