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Diyarbakir Bar Association and the Armenian Genocide

The declaration released by the Diyarbakır Bar Association on April 24 was entitled "We share the unmitigated great sorrow of Armenian People."

The declaration stated the following in brief:

"Atrocious policies were pursued against Armenian people by the power holders of the time, first by purging the Armenian intellectuals and leaders, then forcing over one million people to begin a journey of death towards the Syrian border by military units and the Intelligence Agency Teşkilat-ı Mahsusa under the name of 'Law on Deportation'.

"The sorrows suffered were so great that: The 'genocide' definiton of the United Nations (UN) Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect was conceptualized and penned by drawing inspiration from what was done to the Armenian people. The memory of the massacres, exiles and deportation in Armenian-populated İstanbul, Diyarbakır, Van and several other provinces in Anatolia is still alive and we remember all civilian-innocent Armenians of Anatolia who lost their lives in genocide with respect."

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