Garo Paylan: MP of Armenian origin demands genocide recognition in Turkish Parliament

Armenian Garo Paylan

At the same time as Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu provocatively flashed the hand signal of the Far Right Gray Wolves organisation, reacting to an Armenian demonstration during his visit to the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, an ethnic Armenian MP of the Turkish parliament demanded genocide recognition.

"With the bill I submitted to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for the 107th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, I call for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the removal of the names of those responsible for the Genocide from public places, and their replacement with public names," said Garo Paylan, an MP of the Turkish Parliament for the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), representing Diyarbakır.

"They spoke out against the genocide and the granting of Turkish citizenship to the victims and their families," said Paylan, provoking reactions from his Turkish colleagues, who, however, did not discourage him.

"The great catastrophe of the Armenian people should be discussed, named and justice should be done in the Turkish parliament. If this is achieved, it will not matter what the heads of state and parliament of other countries have to say about it.

"The only society that will heal the wounds of the Armenian people is the Turkish society and the only parliament is the Grand Turkish National Assembly," commented the pro- Kurdish HDP member of parliament.

"The Armenian genocide took place in these lands and justice can only be achieved on this land, in Turkey. One of the peoples with a significant population living in the Ottoman Empire, among the ethnic and religious groups, were the Armenians," he added.

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