CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES OF DEMOGRAPHIC POLICY OF OTTOMAN AUTHORITIES IN WESTERN ARMENIA (THE 16TH CENTURY-BEGINNING OF THE 20TH CENTURY)
Prior to the Armenian Genocide of 1915, permanently, and (since the 16th century) during several hundred years sometimes slowly and sometimes rapidly, the process of ethnic cleansing in Western Armenia had already taken place; the Ottoman Empire’s anti-Armenian demographic policy had been put into service for its realization in Western Armenia. The cases of massacres of the Armenian nation in Western Armenia during that period are also the facts of genocide in the Ottoman Empire. And what is more, the United Nations Resolution of 1948 describes genocide not only as acts committed with intention to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such, but also the acts aimed at forced assimilation, forced conversion of the religion, deliberately inflicting on the group's conditions of life aimed to displace people forcedly and deportation from their motherland and other such acts. That is to say all the occurrences which took place in the Ottoman Empire during the period from the 16th century till the years of the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923).
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