Parliament chief urges Turks abroad to be more united

Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek tells Canadian Turks that community groups should become more united.

Parliament chief urges Turks abroad to be more united
World Bulletin / News Desk
Turks living abroad should be more like the Armenian diaspora when it comes to standing up for their home country, a senior Turkish politician has said.

The speaker of the Turkish parliament, Cemil Cicek, told Turkish people living in Canada that they need a more "organized" association.

Cicek was speaking in the Canadian capital Wednesday.

"There is a need to organize a lobby, to reveal a reaction if need be and to convey opinions to others," Cicek told a meeting of Turkish community representatives in Ottawa.

Cicek cited Armenians as an example of how a small number of people did much more than the many Turkish citizens living abroad.

"A group of 200 Armenians apply to the parliament of the country they live in and ask for a motion on the allegations that Turks committed genocide, whereas 50,000 Turkish citizens fail to make a 500-signature petition," he said.

The term of "genocide" refers to the 1915 incidents that took place during World War I when a portion of the Armenian population living in the Ottoman Empire sided with the invading Russians and revolted. 

The uprisings came about after a decision by the empire to relocate Armenians in eastern Anatolia.

Turkey officially refutes this description, saying that although Armenians died during relocations, many Turks also lost their lives in attacks carried out by Armenian gangs in Anatolia.

Cicek said divisions among Turkish associations were the reason for this lack of action and called for unity.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Şubat 2015, 13:09