(Marmara)–The Turkish tabloid Takvim has been blasting People’s Republican Party parliament minister Kamal Darwish–a former government minister for telling the French Le Monde paper that he is deeply saddened by the massacre of Armenia’s–and that it is necessary to recognize and express sorrow in connection with that tragedy.
Takvim reported about the interview on Wednesday–and on Thursday published reaction from People’s Republican Party (CHP)–and Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliament members who categorically condemned Darwish and demanded he apologize to the Turkish people.
AKP minister Suleyman Turgut went as far as to say that in light of his parliamentary oath–he can no longer work with such an individual. Another AKP minister Aziz Akgul noted that anyone familiar with Turkey’s history knows that no such atrocity took place–though Armenia’s did try to provoke the Turks.
Yet another AKP minister Selahadin Beyribeh from Gars–reported that coming from that territory–he knows that the main atrocity was against the Turks–and carried out by Armenia’s. "The concept of systematic massacres is nonexistent in the Islamic faith. On the battlefield–people from both sides die–but that is not a massacre," he said. "Is it imaginable that the Turks would set Armenia’s on fire in a Mosque?"But hundreds of Turks were set afire in Gars. Darwish is contemptible–and I’m saddened that we conduct politics under the same roof."
Others condemned Darwish–saying that the enemy has been given the upper hand as a result of his stance.
CHP parliamentary group’s vice chair Kamal Anadol revealed that his party would review Darwish’s statement–and if necessary–will issue a clarification. Speaking as a historian–Anadol said that the Armenian issue was one of deportation–a mandatory emigration–practiced my numerous countries against its minorities. "But–massacre is something different," he said–rehashing the fact that both sides experience losses in battle. "And that is left in the pages of history; we have no right to utilize them as a chip in current political affairs."
Takvim adds that the general public is also outraged by Darwish. One citizen remarked–"Kamal Darwish has buttered on the bread of Armenia–who is already preparing to demand territory from Turkey."