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A proposal spearheaded by CHP deputy Ali Özgündüz and signed by various other deputies has been presented to Parliament, the Anatolia news agency reported Wednesday.
Özgündüz commented in a press statement that there are over 10 million Arameans in the world, 10,000 of whom live in Turkey. “During the 1980s, many Arameans migrated from Turkey to Europe due to the security and economic problems they faced in Turkey,” Özgündüz said, adding that of the approximately 3,000 Aramean families that left Turkey in the 1980s, close to 90 percent have returned.
Özgündüz went on to say that while many Aramean families are happy to have returned to their homeland, they continue to face various problems in Turkish society, leading many families to opt against returning or torn on the subject.
“For thousands of years we lived together in peace and harmony with our Aramean brothers on Anatolian soil, accounting for our rich culture. We want this to continue, and we don’t want Turkey to lose its cultural diversity and colors, which is why we propose Parliament establish a research commission to find ways in which we can work towards solutions to the problems Arameans may be facing in Turkey.