CommuniquÃ© des MinoritÃ©s en Turquie
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The greek and armenian minorities in turkey have found their voice for the first time in relation to a law concerning minority foundations that is being discussed in the parliament.
This communiquÃ© is significant in the sense that it is the first civilian initiative by the individual members of non-Muslim minorities.
A group of Turkish citizens of Greek and Armenian origin had released a CommuniquÃ© on 25 September on the controversial draft law on minority foundations which is before the Plenary. So far there have been 250 signatories to the CommuniquÃ©; but the number is growing (please see the latest list below). Today as the news items on the declaration appeared in the media, the Syriacs wanted their names added to the communiquÃ© as well.
Text o f the CommuniquÃ©
Particularly, the recent statements of CHP on Minorities are virtually discriminatory. For the first time in Republican history, we, the Minorities are opposing to this discrimination in a civilian reaction.
We submit for your consideration the below announcement.
To the public opinion...
We, the undersigned citizens of the Republic of Turkey, - believe that the discriminatory approach voiced from the rostrum of the Parliament against we, the non-Muslim citizens of the Turkish Republic, during parliamentary debates on draft laws under the name of "9th harmonisation package" is thought-provoking, - condemn equally the approach of the ruling party, which did not take on board our demands relating to our rights and the settlement of our problems until today and explicitly admitted into being obliged to take them into consideration as a requirement of the EU accession process; as well as the approach of the opposition, which displays an outrageously assimilatory approach towards the differences that are a natural and historical part of this society, without even making the slightest contribution to the settlement of our problems.
We would like to remind to the mentality, which -during the parliamentary discussions about the articles that will doubtfully bring a solution to our problems- confessed that it considered us as "hostages" and demanded the principle of 'reciprocity': the order you are envisaging is not a democratic republic...
-As the non-Muslim citizens of the Republic of Turkey, we -those who have signatures below- call on the ruling party as well as the opposition to accept the requirements of a democratic republic and to act accordingly...
List of signatories
Altunkaya Arsaluys, Altunkaya Hagop, Anagnostopulos Dositheos, Arslan Serda, Asigigan Arda, Alcan Toros, Alcan Garo, Aslanoglu Anna Maria, Ataoglu Aret, Ataoglu Karin, Ataoglu Sevan, AtinÃ§ Nadya, Avedikyan Sezar, Babek Haygazun, Babek Kirkor, Babek Natali, Babek Burak, Babek Kapriyel, Bagdat Hayko, Bakirci Eliz, Baytar Lora, Balimoglu Barkev, Bardizban Jilber, Barsamyan Saro, Bebek Tatyos, Benlioglu Penyamin, Berberyan Bercuhi, BiÃ§akÃ§i Artin, Bingaz Silva, Bingaz SÃ¼ren, Cebeci Arev, Cebeci Kirkor, Cebeci Meline, Ceranoglu Silva, Ã‡am GÃ¼ltop, Ã‡agli Serkan, Ã‡am HÃ¼lya, Ã‡am GÃ¼lsen, Ã‡am Erol, Ã‡am Murat, Ã‡am Arman, Ã‡am Sarkis, Ã‡am Anna, Ã‡am KÃ¶ksal, Ã‡am Yilmaz, Ã‡akir Anto, Ã‡algicioglu Bogos, Ã‡alikman Kayus, Ã‡elik Meline, Ã‡elik Erol, Ã‡elik Ugur, Ã‡elik Talin, Ã‡elikÃ¶z Abraham, Ã‡idem Aksel, Ã‡ilingir Arlin, Ã‡ilingir Murat, Ã‡ilgunyan Araksi, Ã‡imen Sarkis, Ã‡iteli Serkan, Ã‡onkar Bedros, Ã‡Ã¶lcÃ¼ Elmas, Dellaloglu Kristin, Degirmencioglu Ani, Demir Armen, Demir Varujan, Demir Cahit, Demirci Artin, Dink Hrant, Dink Arat, Dink Rakel, DÃ¼venci Takuhi, DÃ¼venci VahriÃ§, Elbe Beti, Elbe Sarkis, ErdinÃ§ Arda, Erbal Ayda, Erkol JÃ¼liyet, Erkol Sarkis, EkmekÃ§i Murat, Esayan Markar, Estukoglu Seta, Estukoglu Sasun, Estukoglu Pakrat, Frangopulos Dimitri, Gavrilof Jan, Gobelyan Yervant, GÃ¶k Ishak, GÃ¼der Taniel, GÃ¼reh Nisan, GÃ¼rciyan Herman, GÃ¼rciyan Seta, Hergel Armenuhi, Hergel Misak, Hermonn A. Raffi, IÃ§Ã¶z Anjel, IÃ§Ã¶z Sahin, IÃ§Ã¶z Aynur, IÃ§Ã¶z Ugur, Kadiyan Ayk, Kalatas Hrant, Kalatas Susan, Karapekmez Artin, Karapekmez Surpik, Karapekmez SÃ¼ron, Karapekmez Nazli, Karapekmez Sevan, Karapekmez Simon, Karabulut Donik, Kartun Hagop, Kartun Murat, Kartun Ohannes, Kartun Saken, Kartun Tatyos, Karabulut Aret, Karakasli Karin, Karayan Burag, Kazanci Sevan, Kalatas Harutyun, Kalatas Maryam, Kazeroglu Anita, Kazeroglu Artakin, Kazeroglu Kiymet, Kazeroglu Kamer, Keskin Ohannes, Kinaryan Jirayr, KiliÃ§dagi Ohannes, Koptas Rober, Kopar LÃ¼syen, Kovan Karun, Kuyuciyan Aylin, Kuyuciyan Raffi, KÃ¼Ã§Ã¼khoren Natali, KÃ¼rkÃ§Ã¼oglu Arden, Madatyan Ardas, Madatyan Takuhi, MahÃ§upyan Etyen, Maksudyan Nazan, Maksudyan Sibel, Mermer Leda, Mermer GÃ¼nay, Mildanoglu Zakarya, Mikaelyan Burak, Murat Dina, Nalci Ani, Nalci Arto, Nalci Aris, Nas Aras, Nurnur Apraham, Nurnur Sara, Orguneser Arman, Orguneser Kapriyel, Oskanyan Ari, Ã–zer Setrak, Ã–zer Harutyun, Ã–zsahakyan Nazaret, Ã–zkan Murad, Pala Sibel, Pamir Kazmir, Pariziyanos Andon, Paylan Garabet, Paylan Sevan, Paylan Sirarpi, Paylan Ani, Paylan Antranik, Saris Mayda, Sagbazar Sayat, Seropyan Sarkis, Silahli Ohannes, Saydam Niko, Silahli Tomas, Silahli Solina, Selvioglu Onnik, Tayran Arman, TaskÃ¶prÃ¼ Efkiye, Teller Hilda, Teller Irma, Tulumbaci Ilda, Tomasyan Yetvart, Tomasyan Payline, Tomasyan Mihran, Uluk Minas, Usta Garabet, Usta SÃ¼zan, Uygun Nadya, Varjabedyan Yetvart, Vasiliadis Mihail, Yamaci Ararat, Yasruel Eliz, Zaman Levon, Zaman Takuhi, Zurnaci Panos
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