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Iğdır Province (Turkey)

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[Flag] image by Tomislav Šipek, 6 September 2021

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Flag of Iğdır Province

The new flag is white with the new logo, featuring the Iğdır Massacre Monument.

Tomislav Šipek, 6 September 2021

Iğdır Province (197,456 inhabitants in 2018; 35,880 ha) is Turkey's easternmost province, bordering Armenia, Azerbaijan (Nakhchivan) and Iran.

The first logo of the province featured a sun, which rises first there, Mt. Ararat, located in the province, a cotton boll, and two folkloric dancers.

Photos of the first flag>

The new logo features a full risen sun, Lesser and Greater Ararat, two wheat spikes, and the monument "symbolizing the massacres committed by Armenians in the area".
YesilIğdır, 24 November 2020

Photos of the new flag

The Monument to Iğdır Genocide was inaugurated in 1999 by State Minister Ramazan Mirzaoğlu. It is composed of five swords recalling the star of the Turkish flag (when seen from above), the domes of the Seljuk mausoleums, and the shape of neighboring Mt. Ararat. The site also hosts a museum dedicated to the Turkish victims.
As said during the commemoration ceremony, the monument aimed at "commemorating the massacres of Turks committed by the Armenians during the First War and the War of Liberation"; one million Turks were allegedly killed during the 1914-1920 period. The monument is also a "a rebuttal to those who proclaimed the 24 of April 'Genocide Commemoration Day', and to monuments erected everywhere in the world to the alleged genocide perpetrated against the Armenians".
Accordingly, the Iğdır Monument is among the highest manifestations of the negationist approach of the Armenian issue by the Turkish government.
In April 2011, the Monument to Humanity erected in Kars to foster friendship and peace between Turks and Armenians was demolished for "esthetic reasons". Several observers have pointed out that nobody challenged the "esthetic" quality of the Iğdır Monument.
Questions d'Orient - Questions d'Occident, 25 May 2011

The new symbols of Iğdır Genocide were adopted shortly after the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, which is not a mere coincidence. Oddly enough, the "standard" pattern for provincial flags progressively implemented all over the country was not followed, either.

Ivan Sache, 26 September 2021

Previous flag

[Flag] image by Tomislav Šipek, 9 September 2019

The flag of Iğdır Province (photo) is white with the province's emblem. "T.C." stands for "Türkiye Cumhuriyeti", "Republic of Turkey"; "Valiliği" means "Governorate".

Tomislav Šipek, 9 September 2019

Special Provincial Administration


Flag of the Iğdır Special Provincial Administration - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 10 January 2018

The flag of the Iğdır Special Provincial Administration (photo) is white with the administration's emblem. "İl Özel İdaresi" means "Special Provincial Administration".

Tomislav Šipek, 10 January 2018