TURKISH-AZERBAIJANI FALSIFICATIONS OF THE ARMENIAN TOPONYMS AS AN INDICATION OF THE GENOCIDAL POLICY
Armenia’s more than ten-millennia old historical resources as cognitive factors have an important significance in the national security system. Their essential part is constituted by the Armenian Highland’s toponyms symbolizing the indigenous Armenian Nation’s cultural creation – the backbone of the Armenian statehood having millennia-old ethno-spiritual and civilizational roots as attested by archaeological monuments and architectural relics, petroglyphs and cuneiform inscriptions, anthropological data and other historical sources, as well as results of linguistics. Contrary to the historical reality, the Turkish hostile propaganda wages information warfare against the history and place names of Armenia and historical memory. Falsifications of history and historical geography of Armenia, especially, toponymy of Western Armenia and Kilikia (Cilicia) are put into service of the genocide denial by the Turkish government, which spends millions for it. Currently Turkey and Azerbaijan are going through a new spate of falsifications and distortions. Turkish falsification of the Armenian history, demolition and appropriation of the historical relics and monuments have gone in parallel with erasing Armenian place names, as an indication of the genocidal policy. The uprooting millennia-old original toponyms of Western Armenia and Kilikia has been carried out with the purpose to redraw political-demographic mapping of Western Armenia and to cover up the Armenian Genocide. The historical and geographical terminology of the Armenian Highland, constituting the essential system of the Armenian place names, belongs to the pivotal layer of the Armenian ethnolinguistic mentality. Toponyms represent the Armenian natural historic environment and cultural heritage’s significance, possessing fundamental importance. The guarantors of the Armenian toponyms’ protection are the Republic of Armenia and the Artsakh Republic.
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