Turkish President Abdullah Gül recently met with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serj Sarkisyan in Kazakhstan. This friendly meeting was reported under the headline ‘The Long-Awaited Picture’ by daily Hürriyet on 6 July, 2008.
Daily Hurriyet-July 6, 2008
In interviews, Adnan Oktar has frequently expressed the need for Azerbaijan and Turkey to unite as ‘Two States, One Nation’ and for Armenia to abandon its historic enmity and adopt an approach based on friendship and brotherhood. This objective has recently been reflected in newspaper announcements appearing under the heading ‘Azerbaijan and Turkey Must Unite As Two States, One Nation.’ These calls and announcements immediately began bearing fruit, and Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey were observed to come together in a hope-raising manner. This is of course a most welcome development. For years now, Adnan Oktar has been working hard as an opinion former for the Turkish-Islamic Union, the rise of Islam, and world peace and well-being.
Daily Hurriyet-July 6, 2008
Statements from interviews by Adnan Oktar, the leading proponent of the idea of Azerbaijan and Turkey Uniting as one nation.
From a press conference for foreign journalists on June 8, 2007
“The Turkic states and Turkey should have united long ago, and this unnecessary delay is still in effect. Azerbaijan is the same as the [Turkish] province of Konya. Turkistan is the same as Eskişehir. It will be most useful for these states to join together under a single roof and become a stabilizing element in the region, following as brothers a policy of love, affection, compassion and humanity as a force that will ensure world peace; and this must not be delayed. If Turkey makes its presence felt in the region then the region in which anarchy and terror are most intense will also achieve peace. In other words, it is vitally important for Turkey to be the leader in the region. The Turkish nation has very excellent, human values. It can serve as a role model for the world in terms of attributes such as love, affection, compassion, hospitality and humanity. It will be most beneficial for people with such attributes to be a stabilizing force in the region…”
From Çay TV interview in January 15, 2008
Presenter: You want Turkey to be a country with its former power, governing the region as in Ottoman times. You want to be a country that shapes the direction of the world. Can Turkey reach that position?
Adnan Oktar: This is in any case the legacy of centuries. All Islamic countries want this. All the Turkic states want it. Ask Azerbaijan, they want to be under direct Turkish administration. Azerbaijan says the borders with Turkey must be lifted and we should be a single state.
From an interview with Azerbaycan TV in June 11 ,2008
Presenter: Let us move on to the subject of the Turkish-Islamic Union, which is so important to you. You want Turkey to play a leading role in the foundation of that union. You are working towards that end. Conferences have been held. Now will this be something like in the time of the old USSR or the former Yugoslavia, or what?
Adnan Oktar: No, no. It will be a union of hearts. In the Turkish-Islamic Union I have in mind, all the states will remain as nation states. All of them. This will be a union of hearts, in other words a union of love, a union of dialog and of shared ideas. For example, taking a joint decision and eliminating terror when it raises its head somewhere. Taking a joint decision to resolve an economic difficulty. Taking a joint decision, for example, to rescue a country in a state of economic collapse.
Presenter: What are your views regarding Azerbaijan? You know that, as with some other states, parts of Azerbaijani territory are under occupation. There is the area of Karabagh. Before we started our interview you referred to the Lachin corridor. It came as a real surprise to us that you should even remember the name. Because most people do not know it. What do you think on the subject? About the Armenian occupation, their seizing our territory? Then we had the Karabagh problems and the Hocali genocide after that.
Adnan Oktar: The question of the Lachin corridor has been a source of distress to me for years. It must absolutely be opened up at once. Two states, one nation. For one thing, both parties are Turkish, both parties are Muslim. The difference between them is completely artificial. It is like Ankara being separated from Konya. The separation of the two countries is no more logical than that. The Karabagh question must be resolved at one, by rational negotiations with Armenia. Because it would be in their interests, too. The last thing that Armenia wants is to find Turkey and Azerbaijan lined up against it. That would be the worst mistake. It must regard Turkey and Azerbaijan as friends and seek their support. That is why the immediate resolution of the Karabagh problem and the opening of that road and the corridor are so vitally important. That is the road that establishes the link to Turkey. It is crucial. And not impossible. It can be done very easily. It can easily be done with a diplomatic readjustment. We just need the will.
Presenter: This has not been possible for around 10 years, now. Diplomatic moves are continuing.
Adnan Oktar: Huge public pressure is required. You have to rouse Turkey, to rouse Azerbaijan, and even rouse Armenia. You have to say let’s open up this road. We can support Armenia to revitalize its economy. You come and work here, and we can come and work where you are. Come and work and grow as you like in Azerbaijan. And let Azeris work in your territory. Let this unjust occupation be ended and the road be opened up. Let two states, one nation be formed.
Presenter: In other words, the first step toward the foundation of the Turkish-Islamic Union will thus be taken.
Adnan Oktar: It is crucial. This is the first fruit.
Press reports in the immediate wake of the May 29, 2008, "Azerbaijan-Turkey" announcement
Daily Yeni Şafak-July 4, 2008
'Azerbaijan and Turkey, Two Separate States, One Nation'
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan and Azerbaijan President Ilham held a press conference following their face-to-face meetings and others between their delegations. Prime Minister Erdoğan stated that relations between the two countries in such areas as politics, economics, military affairs, culture, trade and education had been reviewed at the meetings. Stressing that relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan had reached an exceptional level, Prime Minister Erdoğan went on to say that joint projects were an important indicator of the strength of their strategic relations. He described how the two countries were always united at the Organization of the Islamic Conference and how there were examples of this in the European Parliament, and said that the solidarity between Turkey and Azerbaijan was a good example in the Turkic world, as well. Erdoğan concluded by saying: “There is never the slightest doubt in the decisions we have taken. This construction will continue in the future. If there is no solidarity between us, then the idea of ‘two separate states, one nation’ cannot become a reality. We must always make this a reality.”
'A Message to Yerevan'
ERDOĞAN: We shall henceforth act jointly with Azerbaijan for Upper Karabagh, which is under Armenian occupation. Visiting Nakhchivan on a one-day trip, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev. At a press conference following face-to-face meetings and discussions between their delegations, the two leaders issued a message of unity for the Karabagh region under Armenian occupation. Erdoğan said: "We want the Upper Karabagh question to be resolved within the framework of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and in a manner compatible with the principles of international law. We shall continue to support this matter with the same determination in the future as we have in the past.” Prime Minister Erdoğan said the solidarity between Turkey and Azerbaijan was a fine role model, and concluded: “If there is no solidarity between us, then the idea of ‘two separate states, one nation’ cannot become a reality. We must always make this a reality.”
From an interview with Türkmeneli TV in April 22, 2008
Adnan Oktar : “ Not a day must be lost in setting up the Turkish-Islamic Union. We need it now. It will be in everyone’s interests, NATO, the EU and the whole world. It will be beneficial and advantageous in all respects. But it is essential that Turkey be its leader.”
Daily Akşam-June 5, 2008
'Two Separate States, One Nation'
Erdoğan and Aliyev issued ‘solidarity’ messages in Nakhchivan. Erdoğan said the following at a joint press conference following his meetings with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev:
- THE CAUCASUS MUST FINALLY BE SORTED OUT: We share the same views as Mr. Aliyev on the subject of co-operation for peace, stability and well-being in the southern Caucasus. The resolution of the Upper Karabagh problem in the framework of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity is the most pressing matter that we also wish to see resolved.
- TURKISH SOLIDARITY: The solidarity between Turkey and Azerbaijan is a role model in the Turkic world. If there is no solidarity between us, then the idea of ‘two separate states, one nation’ cannot become a reality. We must always make this a reality. Aliyev also said the Turkish and Azeri policies were ‘completely in harmony’ on all subjects. Aliyev said that a meeting of this kind in Nakhchivan was of the greatest importance, and concluded: ‘Because Nakhchivan is the only region lying on the land border between Azerbaijan and Turkey. Turkey played a major role on behalf of Nakhchivan when it was besieged by Armenia in the crisis period during the 1990s.’