Pro-Kurdish party pledges to recognize Genocide if elected to parliament
A pro-Kurdish political party running for Turkey’s parliament has promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide if elected, the co-chairs of Peoples’ Democratic Party, Selahattin Demirtash and Figen Yuksedagh announced when introducing the party’s pre-election platform at an assembly in Ankara, Tert.am reports citing Turkish newspaper Yeni Shafak. The statement was met with applause.
“The party will work towards apologizing, on behalf of the state, for crimes of genocide and massacres committed over the course of history,” Yuksedagh said.
The Kurdish politician promised further efforts towards lifting Armenia’s blockade and developing economic, political and diplomatic relations, as well as unconditionally opening the Armenia-Turkey border. “We will build friendship bridges with Armenia,” she added.
Turkey is holding snap parliamentary elections on November 1. It comes after the formerly ruling Justice and Development party failed to secure a majority of seats in the legislative in the scheduled polls on June 7 and was thus unable to form a cabinet. Talks for a coalition government were also unsuccessful.