World Bulletin/News Desk
Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) parliamentary group deputy chairman İdris Baluken has submitted a motion to Parliament in which he seeks the creation of a commission to investigate the 1915 incidents.
Armenia, backed by many historians and parliaments in several countries, says about 1.5 million Armenians were killed in what is now eastern Turkey during World War I in a deliberate policy of genocide ordered by the Ottoman government.
The Ottoman Empire dissolved after the end of the war, but successive Turkish governments and the vast majority of Turks take the charge of genocide as a direct insult to national pride. Turkey argues that the killings occurred at a time of civil conflict in which both Armenians and Turks were killed and that the casualty figures are inflated.
In 2005, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sent a letter to then-Armenian President Robert Kocharyan proposing to establish a joint committee of historians to study the incidents of 1915. However, the Armenian government has not replied to this request by Erdoğan.Last Mod: 24 Nisan 2013, 16:38