Message Of H.e. Ambassador Ersin Erçin On The Occasion Of Victory Day

Seul Büyükelçiliği 30.08.2019

EXCELLENCIES,

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS,

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

I WOULD LIKE TO WARMLY WELCOME YOU ALL TO OUR VICTORY DAY RECEPTION WHICH WE CELEBRATE AS OUR ARMED FORCES DAY.

TODAY MARKS THE 97TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE HEROIC STRUGGLE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATÜRK, AGAINST THE INVADING FORCES FOLLOWING THE FIRST WORLD WAR.

THE EPIC BATTLE WON IN AFYON, CENTRAL WESTERN ANATOLIA, ON 30 AUGUST 1922 DID NOT ONLY RESULT IN THE LIBERATION OF THE TURKISH NATION FROM THE FOREIGN OCCUPIERS, BUT ALSO LED TO THE FOUNDATION OF A MODERN AND SECULAR REPUBLIC IN 1923.

THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE TURKISH FORCES, MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATÜRK, FOUNDED THE TURKISH REPUBLIC BASED ON HIS VISION OF “PEACE AT HOME, PEACE IN THE WORLD”, WHICH REMAINS AS THE GUIDING PRINCIPLE OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY TO THIS DAY.

NATION BUILDING IS AN ARDUOUS PROCESS, SHAPED BY TIMES OF WAR AND PEACE. IT IS AN AMALGAMATION OF HISTORY, CULTURE AND LANGUAGE THAT DEFINES THE TERRITORIES OF OUR COUNTRIES TODAY.

UNFORTUNATELY TODAY WE WITNESS AN INCREASING NUMBER OF REGIONAL CONFLICTS BASED ON ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS AND SECTARIAN STRIFES. THEREFORE PREVENTING CONFLICTS, PRESERVING PEACE AND PROMOTING PROSPERITY REMAINS THE PRIMARY GOAL OF OUR NATIONS AND A RESPONSIBILITY TO FUTURE GENERATIONS.

IN THIS REGARD, OUR VICTORY DAY, IS NOT A CELEBRATION OF WAR BUT OF PEACE AND FREEDOM. BECAUSE PEACE AND FREEDOM ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE TOOLS WE POSSESS IN ORDER TO CREATE MORE COOPERATIVE AND PROSPEROUS SOCIETIES THAT WILL EMBRACE THE FUTURE WITH HOPE AND FRIENDSHIP, REGARDLESS OF PAST ENMITIES.

DEAR FRIENDS,

WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THE FACT THAT THE TURKISH ARMY STOOD-BY THE KOREAN NATION IN DEFENDING ITS INDEPENDENCE, FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY DURING THE KOREAN WAR. THE TURKISH BRIGADE’S CASUALTIES WERE THE HIGHEST AMONG UNC PARTICIPATING TROOPS BY RATIO.

AS OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS ETERNALLY REST IN KOREA, WE ALSO AVAIL OURSELVES OF THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR THEIR SACRIFICES AND THEIR INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO FORGING A STRONG FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN TURKEY AND KOREA WHICH WE CALL THE “BLOOD BROTHERHOOD”.

BASED ON SUCH A SOLID HISTORICAL BACKGROUND, THE TURKISH NATION STRONGLY SUPPORTS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LASTING PEACE, STABILITY AND PROSPERITY IN THE KOREAN PENINSULA.

AS I CONCLUDE, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND ATTENDANCE AT OUR VICTORY DAY RECEPTION AND WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE EVENING.

THANK YOU.

KAMSAHAMNIDA.

Durmuş Ersin Erçin Ambassador
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