DID YOU SAY “APOLOGIZE?” For What? Do you mean for the Armenian Terrorism?
Slide 1 DID YOU SAY APOLOGIZE? For What? Do you mean for the Armenian Terrorism? Slide 2 1973, Los Angeles: An Armenian-American Assassinates Two Turkish Diplomats (1/7) Hrriyet newspaper, Feb 1, 1973: Two of our diplomats murdered in America. The murderer is an elderly Armenian, who is a member of the Hinchak Organization. The murderer, who entrapped Consul General Mehmet Baydar and Consul Bahadir Demir said: I shot them knowingly and intentionally. Slide 3 1973, Los Angeles: An Armenian-American Assassinates Two Turkish Diplomats (2/7) Hrriyet newspaper, Feb 1, 1973: Left: He was newly married. They were very happy. His mother was going to join Bahadir. Right: Bad news reached them fast. Please connect me with Los Angeles, I have a son there. They were together three months ago. Slide 4 1973, Los Angeles: An Armenian-American Assassinates Two Turkish Diplomats (3/7) In 1973, Gourgen Migirdic Yanikian, a 78-year old Armenian, who was born in Erzurum, Turkey and emigrated to the United States, visited the Turkish Consul General Mehmet Baydar in Los Angeles, California, told the Consul that he had purchased a painting in Beirut, Lebanon, which he later found out was stolen from an Ottoman palace. He gave the Consul a picture of the painting, and indicated that he would like to return it to the Turkish Republic as a gift. Baydar sent the picture of the painting to Turkey, and requested an investigation. The response from Turkey indicated that the painting represented a theft, and should be repossessed. Slide 5 1973, Los Angeles: An Armenian-American Assassinates Two Turkish Diplomats (4/7) Baydar contacted Yanikian right away, and requested that he bring the painting over to the Consulate. Yanikian said that he was too old to carry the painting, and suggested that the Consul should come over and pick it up. Thereupon, Baydar, together with his assistant Bahadir Demir, went to Hotel Baltimore in Santa Barbara, where the old Armenian was staying. They went up to Yanikians room. As soon as they sat down, Yanikian pulled his gun and killed the two Turkish diplomats. He then contacted the hotel manager, and asked him to call the police. As the police was taking Yanikian away, he uttered: I just exterminated two devils. Yanikian was sentenced to life in prison. Slide 6 1973, Los Angeles: An Armenian-American Assassinates Two Turkish Diplomats (5/7) Many years later, in 1978, Dogan Uluc, a reporter in America for the newspaper Hurriyet, managed to get permission to interview the old Armenian in prison: What do you expect from Turkey? The conflict should be debated at a conference participated by Armenians and Turks. Once the conference concludes that they were wrong, the Turks should disclose to the international public opinion that their ancestors had murdered the Armenian population, that they were sorry about the event, and that they wanted to make up for the losses. They should give us back the territories that has belonged to the Armenians for as far back as human history goes. They should compensate us for our lost property. Slide 7 1973, Los Angeles: An Armenian-American Assassinates Two Turkish Diplomats (6/7) What territories do you mean? The Eastern and Southeastern territories you confiscated by murdering us. Many years ago, as the Armenian problem was on the way to getting solved, the initiative was abandoned. The Sevres Treaty was signed during the last few days of the Ottoman Empire; United States President Wilson had arranged for the insertion of certain conditions in that Treaty, which called for the establishment of an Armenian Republic in Eastern Anatolia. The Western countries and the United States had reached consensus on this issue; but, later on Mustafa Kemal gained prominence and prevented its implementation. Now I want from the current Turkish Government that it reevaluate the Sevres Treaty, and assist the Armenians by returning their territories to them, and in establishing the Armenian republic. Slide 8 1973, Los Angeles: An Armenian-American Assassinates Two Turkish Diplomats (7/7) T. Turenc, who prepared the preceding summary of the interview that took place with Yanikian in 1978, makes the following statement: In 1973, Yanikian initiated the campaign by ASALA, (Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia), which over the years resulted in the murder of 70 Foreign Service officers of the Turkish Government, including many valuable diplomats. I want the younger generation to review this information, and evaluate the recently initiated Apology Campaign in the light of the factual information presented. Slide 9 1975, Vienna, Austria: Three Terrorists Assassinate the Turkish Ambassador Hrriyet newspaper, October 23, 1975: Armed people machine-gunned the Turkish envoy. Danis Tunaligil, our ambassador in Vienna was murdered. Prime Minister: according to the information I received, two of the murderers were caught. Slide 10 1975, Paris, France: Turkish Ambassador Murdered by an Armenian Organization (1/2) Cumhuriyet newspaper, October 25, 1975: The murders target the Turkish State. Also our envoy in France, Erez, was assassinated in Paris yesterday. Slide 11 1975, Paris, France: Turkish Ambassador Murdered by an Armenian Organization (2/2) Cumhuriyet newspaper, October 25, 1975: Once the news on assassination reached the capital from Paris, the Foreign Ministry instantly went into turmoil. Erez had said yesterday: If they wanted, they could kill me right here on this road. Slide 12 1977, Rome, Italy: Turkish Ambassador to Vatican Assassinated by the Armenian Genocide Justice Commandos (1/2) News headline, June 10, 1977: Assassination of Turkish Ambassador to Vatican Taha Carim is as antiquated as it is inhumane. Slide 13 1977, Rome, Italy: Turkish Ambassador to Vatican Assassinated by the Armenian Genocide Justice Commandos (2/2) Gunaydin newspaper, June 10, 1977: Most recent atrocity of the Armenians. The assassins of Ambassador to Vatican Taha Carim belong to the same organization that killed our Vienna and Paris envoys. Slide 14 1978, Madrid, Spain: Wife of the Turkish Ambassador & a Visiting Retired Turkish Ambassador Murdered (1/2) News headline, June 2, 1978: How many more? Lives of all our envoys hang on the tip of gun barrels. The car of our Madrid ambassador Zeki Kuneralp was combed with bullets; his wife Necla Kuneralp, the retired ambassador Besir Balcioglu, and the driver died. They thought he was Kuneralp. What kind of grudge is this? So far, nine of our diplomats were gunned down. Slide 15 1978, Madrid, Spain: Wife of the Turkish Ambassador & a Visiting Retired Turkish Ambassador Murdered (2/2) Hrriyet newspaper, June 3, 1978: Treacherous conspiracy. Armenian Justice and Revenge Organization admitted the conspiracy. Slide 16 1979, Paris, France: Tourism Attach at the Turkish Embassy Murdered (2/2) News release, December 23, 1979: Paris tourism attach Colpan murdered. The secret Armenian Justice and Revenge Organization admitted the bombing and murdering event. A bomb was thrown at the Turkish Airlines Amsterdam office. BBCs commentary for the first time criticizes the actions of the terrorists.