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‘Turkey’s Syria stance aggravates plight of Iran’s Turks’

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15 June 2012, Friday /GÖZDE NUR DONAT
The Iranian regime has increased its decades-old pressure on the South Azerbaijani Turkish population after Turkey adopted an unequivocally critical stance on President Bashar al-Assad’s deadly offensive in Syria, a member of the newly founded International South Azerbaijani Turks’ National Council has said.

The Assad regime in Syria has significant military and intelligence support from Iran to continue to its offensive against opponents.

Azerbaijani-speaking Turks in Iran, who define themselves as South Azerbaijani Turks, highlighted the fact that Iran is continuing its decades-old oppression on Turks with full force, depriving them of important cultural rights, during a press meeting at the Azerbaijani Cultural Association in Ankara on Friday.

Cemal Mehmethanoğlu, spokesperson for the council gave details about the council’s planned activities over the coming three-month period during the conference, which includes forums and seminars on the situation of South Azerbaijani Turks to be held in Sweden and Russia, in August and September, respectively. Furthermore, on Sept. 22, the council will hold a public rally in Taksim Square in İstanbul, under the title “Solidarity with South Azerbaijani Turks.” A similar rally is also planned for Baku on Sept. 27.

Having no right to press and education in their mother tongue, the Azerbaijani speaking population have taught their children Turkish in their houses and at some Turkish associations. “But recently, Iran has started to run a campaign against Turkish teachers, arresting them. This is inextricably linked to an increasing anti-Turkish stance in Iran due to Turkey’s very clear negative stance regarding the Syrian administration,” Hosrov Emiri, a member of the council has said.

There are a total of 35 million Azeri Turks living in Iran, which has a population of 79 million, said Hadi Musevi, but this fact is covered up by the Iranian administration and Azeri Turks have always been suppressed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. “Some 200,000 Armenians enjoys comprehensive cultural rights in Iran as opposed to Turks. Iran has proved that it is not a disingenuous Islamic republic, conducting a clear fascist policy,” Musevi added.

Members of the council also requested more support from Turkey. “The existence of South Azerbaijanis is not very well-known in Turkey. However, 35 million is a significant number and could have a lot of potential. Turkey should realize that potential, which is right next-door,” said Zaur Bayramlı, another council member noted.

Addressing the speculations that have appeared in Iran-linked media claiming that the movement organized by South Azerbaijani Turks is a joint US and Turkish plot to divide Iran, Mehmethanoğlu highlighted that their movement is purely civil oriented and free of links with any state. “Our council is a national, modern, democratic one, established on a civil society based movement. Our first principle is to increase the recognition of the South Azerbaijani population around the world in public opinion and to draw attention to the exposure of this population to clear human rights violations at the hands of the Iranian authorities,” Mehmethanoğlu said.

Claiming that they are closer to Ankara and Baku than they are to Tehran, Mehmethanoğlu maintained that the Turkish population aspires for independence in the long term, reviving the Azerbaijan People’s Government which was formed in 1945 and ended in 1946 under the leadership of Sayyed Jafar Pishevari, taking Tabriz as its capital.

Turkey is the country that throw out south Azerbaijan TV (GUNAZ) from Turksat . Turkey government don’t let to south Azerbaijan student learn Turkish language and literature in turkey as iran don’t let it us. If the Turkish government has truth why didn’t invite from different and old south Azerb...
south azerbaijan
Turkey with its western allies should help South Azerbaijan gain its independence from fascist Persians. Down with Persian racism
the total apopulation of iranian azaris is not more than 18 million. the tolall poulation of east, west azaarbaiyjan, ardabil and zanjan provinces are around 9 million according to the last statisitcs and the maximum of azari speaking iranianians around the country is not more than that.
@ Irish, I am from south Azerbaijan and live most of my 61 year in there, we have been deprived from our language and culture, most likely, you have been hanging out with a few brain washed people or perhaps not very aware Turks, sorry for you that after so many years you talk like them and even co...
A so called Irısh speaks like an iranian fashist. Same argument same logic. I think he should think again whether he is not an iranian or not....Iran lost its legacy when they began to support Armenia. While they are using Shia brodership discourse they also supporting those who killed thousands Aze...
35 million TURKS in Iran lived in bad conditions. down with Persian racism. thanks for you our blood brothers in Turkey. long live TURK world. long live TURAN. long live OGUZ TURKS
urmulu Kubilay
we are a total of 35 million Azeri Turks living in South Azerbaijan we want to have a national, modern, democratic system for ruling in our land. help us pleas to arrive our wishes. we all support International South Azerbaijani Turks’ National Council. thank you
I am iran's azari. I and many iranian azari, define themselve as a part of iranian nation.
I was very surprised at this article. I have lived in Tabriz (i'm Irish) for the last 22 years and never met anyone here who would want to be seperate from Iran as a whole. Even the leader of Iran (Agha Khameini) is Turkish. In any worl place or town in Iran you go there are turks. All in Iranian Az...
Surely this shows The Iranians true feeling towards Turkey and Turks But still there are poor deluded fellow Turks that push for closer ties and praise this regime. I agree Iranians are our brother muslims but the regime in Terhan is NOT our ally but meddling enemy with contempt towards Turkey whi...
There are a total of 35 million Azeri Turks living in South Azerbaijan ,Having no right to press and education in their mother tongue,have always been suppressed in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Turkey should do more to support the Azeri Turks and little to support the Iranians. Iran would never help Turkey if it was ever needed.
We should do everything to support them, and hopefully one day, they will be part of a greater Turkic nation...imagine, Azerberjan, Turkey, Southern Azerberjan, etc....all operating as a single political body like the United Kingdom. Now that is for the better of the region and the Turkic people.
Can Azeris discuss anything without whining about Armenians?
The best thing is that Sunni Anatolian Turks and Shia Azerbaijani Turks are united on the Syrian issue. United Turkish stance is: it doesn't matter Sunni, Shia or Alawi Syrian, killing must be stopped. Azerbaijani Turks show again, that they stand for human values, instead of backing the Shia or Ala...
search in youtube for "THE NEW TEARS OF ARAXES " Armenians of Iran are originally from Nachijevan , which was gifted by Stalin/Attatürk to Soviet Azerbaijan. The real home land of Iranian Armenians is Nachijevan, where fascist Azerbaijani government is still engaged in systematic destruction of...
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