Europe-Based Turkish Activists Visit Artsakh

The ancient Armenian monastery of Gandzasar is one of the sites the Turkish activists visited on their trip to Artsakh

STEPANAKERT—“The recognition of genocide means not only condemnation, but also restitution; all that has been seized from Armenians, should be returned to its rightful owner,” Chairman of the Union Against Genocide, Ali Ertem, said in Stepanakert.

Members of the Frankfurt-based Union Against Genocide and the Berlin-based Support for Genocide Victims, two Turkish human rights organizations, visited the Stepanakert Memorial, Gandzasar and other places of interest and had meetings with officials and journalists in Artsakh.

On their first visit to Artsakh, the Turks are aware they will be placed on a blacklist by Azerbaijan, but they say they are not worried about the fact. Representative of the Support for Genocide Victims organization Recep Marasli also considers that being included in Azerbaijan’s blacklist should be treated as an honor. The two are personae non grata in Turkey, as well. Years ago they fled Turkey to survive.

Recep Marasli, who spoke about the Armenian Genocide in 1985, was arrested and spent 17 years in jail.

At Stepanakert memorial, the Turkish activists paid tribute to the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims and visited the graves of the freedom fighters.

They say Azerbaijan and Turkey will continue to act against Armenians. The number of those opposing this policy is small, but growing.

According to Marasli, the struggle of Artsakh is a just cause. They pledged to raise the issue in Europe upon their return.


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