ISTANBUL/ANKARA (ArmRadio)—Armenian member of the Turkish parliament Garo Paylan presented a research proposal to the Presidency of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for the examination of the results of the Provisional Relocation Act enacted on May 27, 1915, Istanbul-based Agos news reported on Friday.
The Member of Parliament proposed to investigate the responsibilities of the government and public officials during that time, as well as the daily effects of the deportations.
“Following the Temporary Relocation Act, the Armenian population living in the Ottoman Empire was subjected to deportation, leading to devastation in the Syriac, Keldani, Ezidi and Greek peoples,” a part of Paylan’s proposal read. “Although the results of this law have not been investigated by the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) for more than 102 years, it has been known that a large number of casualties have been experienced due to the Deportation Law.
“A lot of cultural assets and property have been seized or confiscated. The exploitation of the responsibilities of the government and civil servants of the period, the day-to-day effects of the consequences of the deportation, the benefits of confronting the past and the truth in ensuring social peace as a whole in our country, in accordance with Article 98 of the Constitution, Articles 104 and 105 of the Constitution in order to contribute to the uncovering of ‘truth’ in order to prevent abuse and to provide more opportunities for future generations to live together in Turkey freely and peacefully I would like to offer and propose to open the survey.”
Paylan noted during the parliamentary meeting that Talat Pasha, the Ottoman Empire’s Interior Minister and one of the three main organizers of the Armenian Genocide, personally documented the 1915 deportations.
“The destruction of the forded population, the investigation of the responsibilities of the government of the period and the public officials, the day-to-day effects of the consequences of the deportation, the benefits of confronting and confronting the truth and truthfulness of social peace in our country, I would like to open a Parliamentary Survey in order to make contributions, to give future generations more opportunities to live in Turkey together freely and in peace. “