LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three descendants of Armenians, who lost their property in the Ottoman Empire, have filed suit in Los Angeles against the Turkish government for restitution of more than $63 million for acreage that includes the strategic Incirlik Air Base used by the U.S. military.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court says that ancestors of the litigants had their property confiscated in the alleged Armenian genocide. The families say they have deeds to the parcels.

In the past, Turkey threatened to withhold access to the base when Congress reconsidered recognizing the Armenian genocide.

Turkey has long denied that the loss of 1.5 million Armenian lives between 1915 and 1919 constituted genocide and instead describes the deaths as resulting from civil unrest that accompanied the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

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Comments (9)
  1. Carebear says:

    The one sentence that needs to be corrected is in paragraph 2 where it says, “litigants had their property confiscated in the alleged Armenian genocide.” There is nothing “alleged” about the genocide. It’s a fact that the Turks murdered 1.5 million Armenians. It is a part of our past that we will never forget and we will always look to gaining recognition by the U.S. government.

  2. alan hart says:

    Another waste of the courts time. Windmill tilting.

    1. Caren Khachatrian says:

      Waste? How inconsiderate. Every little detail is reviewed by courts and this issue is to meaningless to you? Why do you even comment if it is going to be foolish.

  3. James says:

    Alan, public schooling there?

  4. alan hart says:

    And oh yeah, I’m not wearing any underwear right now.

  5. Richard in Castaic says:

    I’ll be glad when we stop hearing about this so called “Armenian genocide”. First off, it happened nearly a decade before there was even a country called Turkey and secondly, while it true that thousands of Armenians were killed, a fact that Armenian’s always forget to mention is that they were at war with the Ottomans and the deaths are related to war, not genocide.

    Calling war casualties victims of a “genocide” is really a sleazy and transparent way to rewrite history. The losers of war are losers, not genocide victims.

    1. Kis says:

      Historians agree that the events were genocide. In fact, the word genocide was created to discribe what the Turks did to Armenians. 43 of the 50 United States have recognized the Genocide. BTW, if you found out that your family had property worth millions illegally comfiscated, I am sure you’d trip over yourself on your way to the court.

  6. Wrong Country says:

    American courts only have jurisdiction in America. Asking a US court to settle a real estate claim in another country can only result in the case being dismissed. This is just more Armenian Theater, filing a flawed law suit just to make headlines is a pretty bogus move. I believe I own a house in China, maybe I can sue in a Los Angeles court and get the deed to that house?


    1. Kis says:

      Since the Turkish Government and the banks involved operate in the US, US has jurisdiction.

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