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Lawmaker Calls For Investigation Of Graves

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Turkish parliament should investigate mass graves found in the eastern part of the country, an opposition leader said Tuesday.

Huseyin Agu of the Republican People’s Party, usually known by its Turkish acronym CHP, said at a news conference the country must “confront the reality of mass graves, which left their mark on the darkness of the ’90s,” Today’s Zaman reported. His news conference was in response to the discovery of the remains of 15 individuals buried near a police station in Tunceli.

The Tunceli grave was excavated as part of an investigation by a special prosecutor.

The Human Rights Association says more than 1,500 people are buried in 113 graves in southeast Turkey, Aygun said. He said the pace of mass burials appears to have slowed in the past decade with only 194 people in mass burials.

The graves allegedly contain the victims of the JITEM, a secret unit set up within the police force in the 1990s.

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