Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict raises spectre of 'pan-Turkism' in Iran

Source: Middle East Eye - View Original Article
Published: Oct 13, 2020
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73% Conservative


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This article includes the following sentiments, providing an average bias score of 73% Conservative:

  • 5 positive sentiments and 12 negative sentiments for Iran.


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97% "Iranians viewing skins and other merchandise at the bazaar in the city of Tabriz in Iran's northwestern East Azerbaijan province (AFP)""
96% "Masoud Khodapanah, who lives in the village of Qoli Beiglou close to the Iran-Azerbaijan border, told MEE Armenian and Azerbaijani shelling was making life ..."
91% "Meanwhile, Iran's Armenian community - whose numbers are thought to range between 70,000 and 200,000 people - have generally had a muted reaction to ..."
88% "One day later, the representatives of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to the four Azeri-majority provinces of Ardabil, Zanjan, Eastern Azerbaijan, and Western Azerbaijan, ..."
83% "Iran's government took the same position, urging Armenia to withdraw its forces from the occupied regions.""
-62% "Shortly after they issued a joint statement, saying there was no doubt about Karabakh belonging to Azerbaijan and the necessity of its return to ..."
-68% "The Azeri protest in Tabriz have also fuelled concerns about the rise of pan-Turkism, a political ideology that advocates union between the Turkic states ..."
-78% "Hamshahri, a reformist newspaper, said there was a risk of provocation of ethnic sentiments in some parts of the country.""
-83% "I have no doubt about what I'm saying that if the majority of Azeris cared about the current conflict, they would have passed the ..."
-90% "Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has warned Armenia and Azerbaijan to avoid inflicting any damage to border areas, but many of those affected feel their ..."

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

14% : "We however are upset to see Iran asking Armenia to withdraw its forces from Karabakh - we know the Iranian government has strong reasons for supporting Armenians there."
65% : He argued that, much like Iranian Azeris, Iran's Armenians saw themselves first and foremost as Iranian.
22% : 'Azerbaijan's growing power will enhance Pan-Turkism inside Iran with the sole goal of disintegration, and we Armenians are fully against this' - Garegin Fataei, lawyer Garegin Fataei, an Iranian-Armenian lawyer,
51% : Furthermore, Ali Rabie, the spokesperson for the government of Iran, announced that Tehran along with Moscow and Ankara could "help the two neighbouring countries in implementing the UN resolutions to resolve their differences through peaceful ways."
9% : "You saw how we fought for our country in the eight-year war Iraq imposed on Iran."
32% : "They have strived to attract some people in Iran in order to pressure Tehran to change its policies.
12% : Beyond the geopolitical debate, the real-life impact of the conflict on neighbouring areas in Iran has been overlooked.
36% : "There are, however, about 20 percent that are affected by the propaganda of Turkish and Azerbaijani channels and would like Tehran to take Baku's side," he added.
4% : The Shargh newspaper also expressed its concerns over the consequence of this statement and the possible "abuse" of it by radical ethnic and separatist groups, while the Entekhab news site slammed the statements and the four representatives behind it for violating the "neutral" policy of Iran regarding the Karabakh crisis and the potential damage it could cause to Iran's diplomatic relations.
55% : The Azeri community in Iran is the second largest ethnic group in the country, mostly centred around the northwestern provinces that border Azerbaijan.
7% : "But the Armenians of Iran don't like to see their country (Iran) to be the victim of Baku's policies, because Azerbaijan's growing power will enhance Pan-Turkism inside Iran with the sole goal of disintegration, and we Armenians are fully against this," he added.
61% : At the same time, in the high ranking levels in Tehran, they are active and lobbying," he said.
16% : He said that, overall, most Azeris in Iran were Iranian patriots and had no interest in "pan-Turkist" politics.
72% : However, since the fighting began there have been multiple street demonstrations by Azeris in Iran calling for support for their sibling state.
27% : Since the conflict began, a considerable number of mortar shells have hit the border areas in the northwest of Iran.
40% : Another analyst - also speaking on condition of anonymity - suggested that Azerbaijan had been pressuring Iran by promoting pan-Turkism and raising the spectre of ethnic separatism in the country.
16% : "The policy of Iran regarding this dispute hasn't changed, and we are willing to help to facilitate the dialogue, and we believe that the military solution isn't a lasting solution for resolving [such] issues," he said.
97% : Iranians viewing skins and other merchandise at the bazaar in the city of Tabriz in Iran's northwestern East Azerbaijan province (AFP)
96% : Masoud Khodapanah, who lives in the village of Qoli Beiglou close to the Iran-Azerbaijan border, told MEE Armenian and Azerbaijani shelling was making life hard.
91% : Meanwhile, Iran's Armenian community - whose numbers are thought to range between 70,000 and 200,000 people - have generally had a muted reaction to the conflict, though some still desire to see their government putting forward a stronger defence of Artsakh, the ethnically Armenian administration that controls Nagorno-Karabakh.
88% : One day later, the representatives of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to the four Azeri-majority provinces of Ardabil, Zanjan, Eastern Azerbaijan, and Western Azerbaijan, held a meeting, discussing the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis.
83% : Iran's government took the same position, urging Armenia to withdraw its forces from the "occupied regions".
38% : Shortly after they issued a joint statement, saying there was "no doubt about Karabakh belonging to Azerbaijan and the necessity of its return to Azerbaijan.
32% : The Azeri protest in Tabriz have also fuelled concerns about the rise of "pan-Turkism," a political ideology that advocates union between the "Turkic" states such as Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
22% : Hamshahri, a reformist newspaper, said there was a risk of "provocation of ethnic sentiments in some parts of the country."
17% : "I have no doubt about what I'm saying that if the majority of Azeris cared about the current conflict, they would have passed the border and taken over [Armenia's capital] Yerevan," he explained.
10% : Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has warned Armenia and Azerbaijan to avoid inflicting any damage to border areas, but many of those affected feel their concerns are being ignored.

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