Turkish MP: Change “Paris” to “Khojaly” street (and other suggestions)

Turkish MP: Change “Paris” to “Khojaly” street (and other suggestions)

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Sinan Ogan

In what appears to be continued reaction to debate stirred up by France’s ongoing discussions on a bill criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide, a Turkish Parliament Member is suggesting that Turkey adopt a law “recognizing the Khojaly genocide”.

(Khojalu was a flashpoint in the early days of the Karabakh war. Azeri sympathizers claim that on February 26, 1992, Armenian forces indiscriminately killed more than 600 citizens, including civilians and took more than 1,000 hostages. The Armenian side disputes the charges.)

MP Sinan Ogan’s press office reports that the Turkish National Movement Party deputy’s bill “also envisages erecting of the memorial to the genocide victims in such Turkish cities as Kars, Ardahan, Agri, Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Kocaeli and Manisa”.

Finally, Ogan proposes that a street in Ankara named “Paris” be changed to “Khojaly Street”.