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Preface

Kamuran GÜRÜN*
The Armenian File
 

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There may be some who question why this book is entitled The Armenian File. Let me explain. While the phrase, ‘The Armenian Question’ gained common acceptance in several languages during the second half of the nineteenth century, the Armenians were not viewed as a ‘question’ in the minds of the contemporary governments. The people who viewed the Amenians as a ‘question’ were the hierarchy of the Armenian Church, the Amenian terrorist organizations and those few Armenians who belonged to them.

There exists, however, among the Foreign Ministry records of every great power, an ‘Armenian File’. From time to time, whenever it served their interests, these files were opened and examined. When their interest passed, the file was closed and returned to its spot on the shelf.

The Armenian organizations, labouring under the misapprehension that work towards a solution of their problems continued unabated, have never been able to see or comprehend the truth: that the only result of their actions is the addition of one more file to the files. They remain blithely unaware that the only place their dreams will bear fruit is in their own minds.

In one instance, Russia invaded Turkey’s eastern provinces and promptly declared that it was illegal for Armenians to reside in the annexed areas. In the same way that they had decided that there was no Yakut problem in Russia, they now adopted the same attitude towards the Armenians. On another occasion when the French temporarily occupied the region of Cilicia in south-eastern Anatolia, they immediately announced that the question of the formation of an autonomous Armenian government in this region was not open for discussion. They even went so far as to prohibit Armenian immigration into the area.

These facts are well documented in the Foreign Ministry records of various governments. In point of fact, the place where they really belong is in the collective memory of the Armenian people.

In this book, we will open up these ‘files’. It is for this reason, in keeping with the actual name of the files, that this book is entitled TheArmenian File.

KAMURAN GÜRÜN

Ankara, 28 July, 1982
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