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Interview with Tural Alekberli regarding Armenian offensive in Azerbaijan

Interview by Irina Tsukerman

October 1, 2020

Special Guest | Tural Alekberli, MD, Anesthesiologist

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Background:

Dr. Tural Alekberli works as an anesthesiologist at Hadassah Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

He graduated from Ondokuz Mayıs University (Turkey) Medical Faculty in 2013 and worked as a medical doctor in a private hospital in Turkey for about 2 years. Then, he started a specialty education program in 2015 at the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care, and Pain Therapy at Hadassah Hospital, in Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Currently, in addition to his work as an anesthesiologist at the same hospital, he teaches the basics of anesthesiology to students and residents of the Medical Faculty of the Hebrew University. He is also volunteering to work in an Intensive Care workgroup of The Administration of the Regional Medical Divisions (TABIB) of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

Dr. Tural has delivered lectures and posters at many international scientific congresses and many scientific articles have been published in international scientific journals.

In 2019, he successfully passed the first stage of the European Diploma of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care EDAIC exam. In addition to being a member of leading international scientific societies (ESA, ASA, CAS, ESRA, ASRA), he is an active member of the Communications Committee of the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA) and a member of the Board of the Azerbaijan Society of Intensive Care and Anesthesiologists. He is also one of the editors of the Journal of Critical and Intensive Care, a scientific journal of resuscitation.

In addition to his scientific works and career, he is an active member of the Azerbaijan diaspora organizations in Israel and Turkey. 

Interviewers questions are in bold throughout. Responses are in plain text.

As a member of the Azerbaijani diaspora, please give us a few words about the latest attack by Armenia in Azerbaijan.

Although I have lived abroad for many years, I have always been closely interested in all political and social events and tried to participate in diaspora issues. I want to thank you and the Diaspora organization of the Republic of Azerbaijan for your invitation and the opportunity to express my views with this interview.

When discussing this issue, it is essential to know the history and recognize the parties to this conflict. The Turkic peoples are known not only for the power of their historical empires, but also for their just rule, pride in all wars, courage, bravery, tough but never callous attitude towards the enemy, and moral values such as mercy to civilians.

In contrast, the character of the Armenians in the world is described by the nations that know them intimately, who have always lived together, as a “nation of backstabbers” and a nation always justify the betrayal for their interests. The real character, lies, and ridiculous distortions of the history of this nation, which has never succeeded in building a powerful state throughout history and has lived as a minority in other empires for centuries, are clearly known to everyone.

Although during the 30 years of occupation, our army has always adhered to the ceasefire agreement, the peace on the front line has been repeatedly violated due to the unfaithfulness of the Armenians. Once again, the army of the insidious state, loyal to its character, caused events that started on the 27th of September in Nagorno-Karabagh. According to the Azerbaijan Republic Ministry of Defense, we see that following the nature of these abominations, they fired on civilian settlements with large-caliber weapons and committed terror against our people, targeted civilians regardless of age, even women and children.

What is the effect of the events on the diaspora community? 

The activity on the front in the last two months, the terrorist acts of the Armenians, and the aggression of the Armenian Diaspora against Azerbaijani civilians in many countries of the world have stirred up the Azerbaijani Diaspora around the world. In terms of conveying both historical and current facts to the world, raising our voice, the diaspora organization has a great burden, and I think we are all doing this work with dignity. 

Our activity on social media is commendable, both as actions and as an information war. In this tense process, we must continue to be active, maintain our motivation, and further expand the scale of the information war within the framework of accurate information from the Ministry of Defense.

What can you tell us about the humanitarian needs of the communities affected by the attacks?

We are deeply saddened by these losses, which are the inevitable result of all wars. I am confident that our state has the resources to provide the highest level of humanitarian assistance to all victims, and I hope that this process will be covered by the media. The slightest harm to any individual of our people is a wound in our hearts, so in the process of this assistance, the whole nation must work in unity with the state.

What can be done to help families who lost loved ones and people who have been injured as a result of the attacks?

Of course, the treatment of the wounded must be carried out at the highest level, and the injured must receive mental support in addition to physical support. It must not be forgotten how the people who laid down their lives for their people did so in a great and sacred way. It should be noted that the state may need the support of the people in all this process, and the media, which is a bridge between government agencies and the people, must be used properly. But in this way, people can be sure when and how they will take concrete steps. These steps can be taken in the form of actions, humanitarian aid campaigns, blood donation campaigns, and other forms.

5. What actions do you hope to see from the US/international community?

Of course, in such tense times, statements from the United States and other hegemons calling for peace will come, which is acceptable and, at the same time, serves our interests.

We have supported every step in this direction for 30 years as a party trying to resolve the conflict peacefully. However, this call must not be one-sided, and the violence of the other side must be compensated as a result of terrorism, and the withdrawal from the occupied territories must be ensured.

No matter how much the United States calls for peace, it sees Russia’s support for the Armenians. I expect and hope that the United States will support Azerbaijan to maintain the political balance in the region. At the same time, I am confident that brotherly Turkey will be with us more resolutely than ever. I think this is an invaluable opportunity for Turkey, which wants to strengthen its position as a political force in the region. In other words, there is no denying the political benefits of Turkey’s support for us beyond brotherhood.

Iran, which has been openly supporting Armenia for many years, continues to support the Armenian army in this process together with Russia, the historical ally of the Armenians. It does this both as direct military ammunition support and as ammunition assistance from Russia to Armenia and transit routes and unofficial military exercises to mercenary terrorist forces.

All this, of course, should be assessed as my subjective interpretation based on the facts published by the media. We expect our allies and the international community to take a neutral, non-partisan, concrete position. It is unacceptable to approach the occupying Armenia and Azerbaijan, which is rightly fighting, from the same place, to make the same motivated calls. It has been proven for many years that this type of approach has failed. Therefore, the international community should unequivocally call on Armenia to refrain from the policy of aggression and leave the occupied Azerbaijani lands unconditionally. Azerbaijan’s current military operations can also be seen as coercion of peace.

I think that the diaspora has a heavy burden to turn the role of the international community in this matter in our favor, to express our rightful position.

There has been a lot of propaganda in particular about the alleged connection of these events to larger regional issues. What message would you give to counter false information and incorrect perception about the latest events?

Of course, these events in the solution of a politically important issue in the region must be the cause or consequence of many political events in the region, as well as directly or indirectly related to them. I don’t think it’s convincing to think otherwise. It is very difficult to think about it, to comment on it, and for this, we need to be aware of many deep and perhaps secret political events, state secrets, which do not seem possible. I just want to emphasize once again that in these tense times, we should not rely on unsourced news, it is more correct to think on the basis of accurate information disseminated directly by our state, the Ministry of Defense. 

In conclusion, I would like to emphasize that for many years the Armenian people and government have been convinced that Karabakh, the land of Azerbaijan, which was created for them to be occupied by their patrons as victims of large-scale regional political games, will never be compromised. Today’s military operations are another indicator of the determination of Azerbaijan, the army, the state, and there is no concession in this struggle until the last inch of Azerbaijani lands are liberated from occupation. Karabakh is Azerbaijan! Victory in the struggle for rights belongs to Azerbaijan!