ISTANBUL (Panorama.am) —Istanbul-Armenian Member of Parliament Garo Paylan, representing the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has submitted an inquiry to Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy over the demolition of the ancestral home of renowned Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents in the town of Kars, Ermenihaber reports.
Paylan asked Ersoy whether his ministry has implemented any project to renovate the house and turn it into a museum which could become a place of commemoration for Kars.
“Did you ever think that by demolishing it as an ordinary building you can inflict pain and big disappointment to people, since, as it is known, Charents was born there?
“What steps has your ministry taken or is going to take to properly treat the places related to the memory of Armenian artists and intellectuals and to preserve them as cultural heritage?
“I believe Charents’ house has been demolished because of his Armenian identity, do you agree with me?” Paylan said in the inquiry which he posted on Facebook.