Turkish Ministry Calls for Centralized Secret Files on Minorities

BRUSSELS–According to recent news accounts–the Turkish Interior Ministry has issued a secret memorandum calling on district magistrates in Turkey to establish files on minorities living in their territories–reported the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy.

In a directive addressed to eighty-one magistrates–the Interior Ministry calls for a special census of minorities–including the Armenian–Greek–Jewish–Assyrian and Chaldean communities–to be centrally catalogued at a processing facility.

"The Turkish Interior Ministry’s secret directive is cause for serious concern in many respects. Its secrecy perpetuates the Turkish administration’s tradition of double talk systematically used to hide the shameful objectives of a `shadow state,’ which has long governed Turkish society," said Federation Chairwoman Hilda Tchoboian–expressing deep reservations.

In a letter addressed to the European Presidency–Commission–and Parliament–the European Armenian Federation noted that throughout the Twentieth Century and to the present–the Turkish Government has carried out a deadly policy of genocide–deportations–massacres–discrimination–selective wealth taxes–and concentration camps against its minority population.

"Minorities live in permanent fear–which has resulted in a dramatic decline in the country’s minority population–transforming Turkey from a multiethnic state to a `Turks-only’ club," affirmed Tchoboian.

The European Armenian Federation urged European authorities to monitor the deteriorating conditions of minorities in Turkey–who–despite the Europe’s calls for reforms–continue to be considered a threat to state security.

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