Says Turkey ready to ‘admit’ and ‘protect’ Syrian Armenians—Kogh Sirde Togh!
ANKARA—The Turkish foreign ministry on Wednesday issued an announcement denying Ankara’s role in the military incursion into Kessab and added that Turkey was willing to “admit” and “protect” Syrian-Armenians.
On Thursday, however, the Turkish government swiftly blocked access to YouTube when leaked audio recording on the video sharing site revealed a plot by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and others to attack Syria.
On March 21, Al Qaeda militants stormed the Armenian-populated township of Kessab in Syria forcing the evacuation of the population to nearby Kessab. Eyewitnesses on the scene confirmed that the militants entered Syria through the Turkish border.
“The allegations by some circles that Turkey is providing support to the opposition forces by letting them use its territory or through some other ways during the conflict which have intensified recently in the Latakia/Kessab region are totally unfounded and untrue,” said the Turkish foreign ministry announcement.
“We consider the efforts of such circles, moving from these claims, to draw an analogy between the developments in the Kessab region and the painful incidents of the past as a confrontational political propaganda attempt and particularly condemn it,” continued the statement.
“In accordance with its humanitarian and conscientious responsibility, Turkey notified the relevant UN bodies that Syrian Armenians residing in Kessab region could be admitted in Turkey too and protection could be provided to them. Also, the representatives of the Armenian community were informed of the matter through official channels. Contacts on this issue are underway. Necessary steps will be taken to meet the needs of Syrian Armenians as is the case for all other Syrians,” concluded the announcement.
Actions are Louder than Words
While the foreign ministry was denying Ankara’s role in the Kessab incursion and, once again, blaming “propaganda” for this latest Turkish aggression, audio recordings were being leaked on YouTube revealing a plot, headed by Foreign Minister Davutoglu, to attack Syria and ways to justify that breach to the international community.
The foreign ministry’s reaction to this latest embarrassment for the Turkish government was not to immediately deny the accuracy of the audio leaks, but to claim that portions of it—without actually specifying—were allegedly manufactured.
Turkey’s instinct to deny atrocities is second nature. So, when Turkey is officially denying something, it is safe to assume that the opposite is true.