Addressing Turkey’s Grand National Assembly session on Thursday, Garo Paylan, Turkish Armenian Member of Parliament for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), suggested forming a commission to investigate the killings of Armenian politicians in 1915.
In his address to Parliament, Paylan read the names and displayed the photographs of several Armenian politicians killed, arrested, or exiled in the Armenian Genocide, including Krikor Zohrab (Istanbul), Bedros Haladjian (Istanbul), Nazaret Daghavarian (Sivas), Garabed Pashaian (Sivas), Ohannes Seringiulian (Erzurum), Onnik Tersekian (Van), Hampartsum Boyadjian (Kozan), Vahan Papazian , Hagop Babikian (Tekirdağ), Karekin Pastermadjian (Erzurum), Kegham Der Garabedian (Mush), Hagop Boyadjian (Tekirdağ), and Artin Boshgezenian (Aleppo). Paylan also detailed the fate of each Armenian politician during the Armenian Genocide.
During his address, which he began with the Armenian greeting “Barev dzez,” Paylan condemned the murder of the politicians and said that the Turkish state should come to terms with its history. He also ended his address with the Armenian phrase “Astvats irents hogin lusavori” (“May God illuminate their souls”).