In the course of the meeting, organized by YSU Faculty of Oriental Studies, Garo Paylan made a short speech and answered students' questions.
The participants touched upon various issues, from the domestic political life of Turkey to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the position of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Party on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Addressing various issues, Mr. Palyan highlighted the need for democracy.
“Only democratic Turkey can recognize the Genocide, only democratic Turkey can open a border. But now, unfortunately, power is in the hands of nationalists. But there are many democratic Turks and Kurds in Turkey. Only democratic Turkey can establish relations with Armenia,” - he said.
YSU Vice-rector on Students, Alumni and Public Relations Ruben Markosyan welcomed the guest and handed Mr. Palyan YSU Gold Medal by the decision of YSU Administration for his significant contribution to the protection of human rights and freedoms, the recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide.
“Garo Palyan has left an exciting path in the modern history of Turkey and the Armenian community, since after the restoration of Armenian independence, he was the first Armenian elected a member of the Turkish parliament. Garo is distinguished with his courageous conviction that the fight against ethnic minorities and generally discrimination is, in essence, his political belief,” – said Ruben Melkonyan, Deputy Dean of YSU Faculty of Oriental Studies.
Garo Palyan is a Turkish Armenian politician whose roots are from Malatya. He graduated from Istanbul University’s Business Administration Department. He has worked at Armenian school for many years. With the Democratic Party of Pro-Kurdish Peoples, winning the parliamentary elections in the summer of 2015, he became member of Turkish parliament with 3 other Armenians.
Let us mention that Garo Palyan is for the first time in Armenia.