ANKARA, Turkey (A.W.)—The Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TGNA) witnessed an argument between parliamentarians recently over who killed the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, various Turkish newspapers reported on Jan. 3.
“Your history is a history of massacres. You know very well how the grandparents of those who are struggling today were killed,” said Parliamentarian Sirri Sakik (Mush) from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), according to the Turkish newspaper Radikal.
In the ensuing argument, Parliamentarian Yusuf Halacoglu, from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), addressed Kurdish members of the National Assembly, asking, “Then tell me frankly—and I, in turn, will show you all the documents—who killed the Armenians?”
Halacoglu is the former director of the Turkish Historical Society.
Other members of parliament pointed to the massacres committed against the Kurds, while parliamentarians from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) argued that the Kurdish guerilla group PKK has committed atrocities in Turkey, while Turkish history is genocide-free.
Nurettin Canikli, the head of the AKP parliamentary group, said, “There is no massacre, genocide, and assimilation in this nation’s history.”