If you pretend to talk about things that should be hidden from everyone and talk in circles and in secret after meetings like “the work is done”, people will think and say everything. Why not share the work of electoral regulation with the communities and institutions concerned? Why isn’t there a full explanation of the Patriarchate talks? Who has been hiding what from whom all this time?
I said this week that we would continue to talk about Turkey’s violations of the Lausanne peace treaty, but it was necessary to say a word or two about the “sensations” regarding the founding elections which could not have place, which is in fact a matter directly linked to Lausanne.
As even the deaf sultan heard, the General Directorate of Foundations canceled the relevant articles of the Foundation Regulations in 2013 on the grounds that a better could be done, and the election of the boards of directors of minority foundations does not cannot take place today. . Much has been said about the drawbacks, I will not repeat them again. After a long period of time that cannot be explained by any logical reason, people wonder, “Which rabbit is going to come out of the hat this time?” caused anxiety. We have been ‘formed’ from the election of the patriarch. Out of the blue, they eventually offered a “privacy” condition. In fact, this time, the rabbit’s ear appeared! Hospital elections will be postponed or not held at all! I wouldn’t be surprised if they actively rummage through old notebooks for a cover. Let’s see what reason they find… As Toros Alcan said in the Agos interview last week, we are looking forward to it. There’s more than one reason why they do all of this, but the number one reason is that they can! No, there is no such intention, but if these are just rumors, the way to stop these rumors is through full transparency. If you pretend to talk about things that should be hidden from everyone and talk in circles and in secret after meetings like “the work is done”, people will think and say everything. Why not share the work of electoral regulation with the communities and institutions concerned? Why isn’t there a full explanation of the Patriarchate talks? Who has been hiding what from whom all this time? And the question we constantly have to ask ourselves is: why has this work taken so long? Did it take time to find a second “privacy” cover?
The status of the office established as the “Community Foundation Representation” is another topic of discussion. If this authority will not be used as a ground for information, communication and consultation in such a situation, why does it exist? What does it do? There is no satisfactory statement from this office concerning the electoral system, which would have come to an end. As of April 5, 2022, when I was writing this article, there was no explanation on the agency’s site. Apparently this representation is also a typical image retrieval operation. In order to be able to say: “We also made a representation” if someone asks… Is there no information, plan or schedule communicated to this representative? Or is it not a strange thing in itself that the established authority just for these works has not been addressed in this process?
There is one mistake that has become evident time and time again: the President of the Yedikule Surp Pırgiç Hospital Foundation is not the representative of the Armenian community in Turkey. It’s manufacturing. This is a decision independent of the people who have served and will serve in this office. Neither the current person, who has held this office for many years, nor those who preceded him, nor those who will be elected after him, have such an attribute and characteristic. Even if the most perfect and suitable candidate in the world has been elected as the head of the hospital, he still cannot be the representative of the whole society under the current conditions. No one gave them the vote and the authority for it, and they will not have given it as long as the legal conditions remain. There is no legal or legal basis that identifies, defines or reveals the President of Surp Pırgiç Hospital Foundation as an official representative of the Armenian community. If the state intends to establish such a representation, it is clear how this will happen in a rule of law. The duties, powers and responsibilities of such an authority are determined by law. A company cannot be represented based on the relationship of crony and sergeant. Moreover, such an office, whose authority and responsibilities are not defined, leads to uncertainty, chaos, incoherence, tension, as is the case now. No, if state officials believe that such a representative is not necessary, it is a matter of consistency that they should not pretend to exist.
Well, is it insignificant or acceptable to postpone or completely cancel hospital elections just because it is? No, that’s not possible. Besides the fact that the hospital is the largest, providing health and care services to the entire Armenian community (or rather, it should, because there are serious complaints about it), The cancellation of the elections of the smallest of foundations will violate the right to vote and to be elected, it is an error of principle and unacceptable. In addition to this, if we add the size of the Surp Pırgiç Hospital Foundation in all senses and characteristics of its functions, the management of such an institution without elections can only be achieved by despotism.
If the hospital elections are postponed or cancelled, it is imperative as a society to react to it, because it would be theft. The existence of a society, its right to choose and its will are stolen.