Genocide Museum Director Warns of Turkish Plans to Counter Centennial Efforts

Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Hayk Demoyan (center) speaks to the press. Dec. 25, 2014. (Photo: Photolur)

YEREVAN—Turkey and its supporters are implementing a policy to neutralize the effect of the Armenian side’s preparations for the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Hayk Demoyan, Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, told reporters on Thursday.

This policy is implemented in two ways, Demoyan said. “First, by neutralizing the steps by Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora by what is known as ‘penetration'; secondly, by causing domestic disagreements thereby taking control of society.”

“Penetration implies organizing simultaneous events in Armenia and in the Armenian Diaspora, involvement of influential people, and an attempt to defy the logic of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide,” Demoyan said.

Turkey is seeking to distort the topic of the Armenian Genocide, trying to find common ground with people it could control in Armenia and in the Armenian Diaspora.

The aim of Turkey’s policy is to speak well of the Turks that saved Armenians, doing so out of context, Demoyan said.

“They are seeking to impose this view. However, what actually happened to 1.5 million Armenians is of no importance,” Demoyan said.

He warns Armenian citizens and the Armenian Diaspora against cooperating with any Turkish organization.

“Let them call [me] a racist, but I clearly state that nine of ten such organizations [are] Turkish special agents. I would like to warn our citizens against succumbing to temptations. Any talks about tolerance or good-neighborly relations are not to the point in this case. Turkey’s ex-foreign minister, and now Turkey’s premier have stated that their aim is to find people in the Armenian Diaspora that would cooperate with them.”

Demoyan described such phenomena as a challenge ahead of the Genocide centennial. “There is undue rivalry. Unless we are able to rid ourselves from that, we won’t succeed; this isn’t sport; we see here who is capable of what,” he said, adding that they understand the necessity of creating tools and raising awareness.

Demoyan cited the presentation of a book by Cemal Pasa’s grandson Hasan Cemal, which, he said, is an example that fits the aforementioned scenario.

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Turkey has been trying to sow discord within Armenian Diasporan structures by all means, to sabotage numerous events — scientific conferences, exhibitions and forums — and these attempts are becoming obvious, Demoyan said.


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  1. ara said:

    the figure is over 5MIL butchered and killed by the dogs over a few centuries- the turk leaders lie

  2. Areg said:

    Turkey is powerless and in chaos. Armenians are more than ever united. Let Turkey and her friends know that Turkey is guilty of Genocide against Armenians and the human race and Turkey will pay for her crimes.
    Long live the Armenian Nation and all Armenians worldwide.
    Zoghovurd jan dzer tsave tanem.

  3. Areg said:

    Mr. Demoyan,

    The truth is on our side. Do not worry. Just give these bastard Turkey a hell.

  4. GeorgeMardig said:

    Armenians that cooperate with Turkey on Genocide issue outside of the charts of Armenian institutions should be considered traitors

  5. Avetis said:

    With regards to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide: The biggest problem we face is Armenia’s Western-backed activists calling themselves Preparliament. They are planning on hijacking the upcoming April 24 commemoration by trying to overthrow the Armenian government by the use of arms.

  6. Vahe said:

    Which organizations are in league with Turkey, and where does their funding come from?

    Also, why are there pro-Turkish business groups in Armenia? Are they part of all this?