Turkish Minorities Plan to Take Land Issue to Court

The Turkish parliament–in accordance with guidelines set forth by the European Union–has made decisions dealing with the "wakif" issue. The issue–which is of the utmost importance to the Armenian community in Turkey–deals with the government takeover of lands that used to belong to non-Turkish religious and community establishmen’s.

"Marmara" newspaper reports that the issue of most concern to the ethnic minorities is the manner in which the decision will be taken about the unjust seizure of significant amounts of property– which they believe cannot be replaced with a monetary settlement.

Ethnic minorities have began preparations to initiate legal proceedings in an attempt to regain their property. Turkish legal experts have announced that the newly established laws will deal with future cases and have no legal bearing upon past incidents.

According to a "Marmara" report–the "Milliyet" newspaper devoted an entire page of its August 7 issue to inform its readers about the lands under "wakif" status which had been transferred to the government. The newspaper also gave information about the trials that are to begin.

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