President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke at the 79th commemoration ceremony of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at the Bestepe Culture and Convention Center in capital Ankara.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made a speech at the commemoration ceremony marking the 79th anniversary of Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s passing to eternity, which was held by the Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History at the Presidential Complex.
Commencing his speech by remembering Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Commander-in-Chief of the War of Independence and the Founder and the First President of the Republic of Turkey, President Erdoğan wished Allah’s mercy upon Ghazi Mustafa Kemal and all the martyrs.
“OUR WAR OF INDEPENDENCE IS THE NAME OF OUR NATION’S RISING ALTOGETHER”
Drawing attention to the sacrifices and efforts made by the nation in the War of Independence, President Erdoğan said: “At the helm of almost half of the nearly 130 Associations for the Defense of Rights, which were founded in every corner of the country at the beginning of the War of Independence, were muftis or imams. That was so because our nation considered the invasion of Anatolia to be an assault not only on its soil but also on its faith, honor and whatever it deemed sacred. This was how the nation launched the resistance. That is why our War of Independence is the name of our nation’s rising altogether including soldiers, administrators, men of religion, and people from all walks of life. It is most natural that a leader who led such a fight holds the most precious place in the heart of the nation.”
ATTACKS ON TURKEY FROM ACROSS BORDER
Noting that the National Pact, which was declared at the inception of the War of Independence, couldn’t be duly defended, President Erdoğan pointed to the developments unfolding in Syria and Iraq, and said: “If we are being harassed from across the borders of the National Pact, if attacks are being staged against our country from across those borders, then we don’t have the luxury of letting them go ahead with it. It is imperative for us to do whatever is necessary in the necessary manner. That is what was done with the Operation Euphrates Shield. That is what is being done right now in Idlib. I am hereby declaring: That is what is being done in Afrin. We cannot remain a mere spectator here. We must do whatever is necessary. We cannot simply nod to those who come all the way from 12 thousand kilometers away and start parcellation here. We must duly respond to this. Those living there are our relatives, not theirs. Therefore, we must also defend the rights of our relatives. Our kinsmen live there. We must defend their rights, too.”
“WE WON’T LET THOSE, WHO DIVIDE OUR REGION SLICE BY SLICE, ACHIEVE THEIR ASPIRATIONS”
Advancing on its path by foiling social chaos projects, such sophisticated coup attempts as the Dec. 17-25, such treacherous plots as the ditch digging activities of the PKK, such attempts of treason as the July 15 coup attempt, Turkey is also doing everything in its power in order to thwart schemes that are staged at the expense of millions of lives in Syria and Iraq, President Erdoğan stressed, and added: “We won’t let those, who divide our region slice by slice plunging it into fire and suffering and want to include our country as well in the same process, achieve their aspirations.”
“WE SHOULD TRY TO UNDERSTAND ATATÜRK”
Ending his address by underscoring that “We should not only commemorate Atatürk, but also try to understand him,” President Erdoğan stated: “With these thoughts, I once again remember Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk with grace and gratitude on the 79th anniversary of his passing.”