Kurdish Leader Apologizes to Arameans
- Huliq News: An important Kurdish Leader in Turkey apologizes to Aram
27. Jan 2009
An important Kurdish Leader in Turkey apologizes for the
contribution of the Kurds to the Aramean Genocide of 1915- Appeal to
Ahmet Turk is the Leader of the Kurdish Party For Democratic Society
(Demokratik Toplum Partisi= DTP) in Turkey. During his trip on 30-12-
2008 in South-Eastern of Turkey through the province of Mardin, Mr.
Turk visited along with other party leaders various historical and
tourist places. Amongst others, he visited the Aramean Cultural
Association in Midyat and the Aramean monastery St. Gabriel. During
his conversation with the Arameans of Tur Abdin Ahmet Turk
apologized for the contribution of the Kurds to the Aramean genocide
of 1915, as has been published on the Turkish Websites of
http://www.ensonhaber.com, http://www.haberler.com/, see below).
Although Ahmet Turk did not mention the word 'Genocide', yet his
statement is a important step in the right direction in a country
where such statements are taboo.
Mr. Turk said, "Because of the sorrow of the heartrending events, we
feel necessary to apologize."
Please find below the articles published on the website of
http://www.ensonhaber.com and http://www.haberler.com/, with the
right column the original Turkish text and left column the English
In Turkey there are around 20.000 Arameans of which major part is
living in Istanbul. In Tur Abdin there are but around 2.000
Arameans. In the Turkey the Arameans are known as "Suryani". The
English translation sounds like "Syrian", which is a synonym for
During the genocide of 1915 beside Armenians, around 600.000
Arameans were killed (More about this horrible genocide:
The recognition of the Aramean physical genocide by a prominent
Kurdish leader is a step in the right direction. Hopefully more
Kurds will follow his example and finally also the Turks will do