15 Dec

Armenian Lobby’s Self-serving Agenda Undermines Peace

Middle East expert Alexander Murinson has laid out his theory in Trump Administration and Armenian-American relations in an article published by the Spectator. There are some lessons for Australian politicians in his observations. You can read the full article by clicking through the link below the excerpt.

For years, the Armenian-American lobby has hyped its own importance by insisting that U.S. policy in Eurasia follow its narrow ethnic agenda. Similarly, it demands that the U.S. put Armenian ethnic interests as a pillar in approaching the Middle East. While the views and interests of the Armenian-American constituency obviously need to be respected and included, the problem is that the Armenian lobby’s agenda is largely contrary to U.S. national interests and, perhaps counter-intuitively, to the best interests of the Republic of Armenia.


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12 Dec

PKK is a terrorist network, does not represent Kurds!


The Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (ATAA) strongly condemns the terrorist attack carried out in Istanbul, Turkey, over the weekend, which killed at least 44 people and wounded more than 100 others.

Among the dead is 24-year-old new police recruit Nazif Emre Horoz. He will not see the first steps of his 6-month-old twins, Erva and Elif.

New police recruit Nazif Emre Horoz with his twins.

New police recruit Nazif Emre Horoz with his twins.


U.K. Ambassador to Turkey, the Honorable Richard Moore, reminds the world, “those whose lives have been cut short were not faceless uniforms but rather fathers, sons, and brothers”.

Another victim is 19-year-old second-year medical student, Mustafa Berkay Akbaş. He will not complete his medical studies and become the doctor that wanted to save the lives of his fellow human beings.

The 19-year-old second-year medical student, Mustafa Berkay Akbaş

The 19-year-old second-year medical student, Mustafa Berkay Akbaş


PKK’s offshoot TAK has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bomb attacks, which targeted the police and public outside the Besiktas football stadium.

Horoz was among the officers waiting to finish his 12-hour-long shift protecting the people who came to watch the game. Akbaş was in a taxi nearby.

We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wisha speedy recovery to those injured as a result of this atrocious act.

We would like to thank everyone all around the world showing unreserved solidarity with and expressing genuine sympathy to the people of Turkey, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and the Australian Ambassador to Turkey, the Honorable James Larsen.


ATAA wants to point out the existence of a lobbying campaign for delisting the PKK as a terror group in Australia. We understand that the confusing situation in the Middle East impairs the view of some prominent citizens, journalists, and politicians in Australia.

PYD and YPG, which are also offshoots of the PKK, have gathered a significant amount of recognition in Australia in recent years. PKK supporters use these organisations to further their lobbying activities in the West with a carefully crafted PR campaign. We remind our Australian leaders that this is a terror network whose subsidiaries appear under many names, and they are not short of abbreviations.

We request our politicians and Australian journalists to do better research before endorsing their supposed causes because their terror activities continue to run riot across the globe.

In our opinion, there are a number of false representations made to prominent Australian citizens, journalists, and politicians by these groups, in relation to the PKK or PYD or YPG. These are:

  1. PKK represents the Kurds in Turkey:

No they don’t – there are over 20 million people with a Kurdish background living in Turkey vote for different political parties. The PKK is a terror group, which is responsible for the killings of more than 40,000 people since 1984.

  1. PYD and YPG are fighting the good cause against ISIL:

This is part of the confusion of the middle-eastern affairs – These groups are fighting to open up further territory for themselves in northern Syria and defend their territorial gains in Iraq. We note neither of the groups took any action against the ISIL movement until they were attacked in Kobane.

  1. PKK/PYD/YPG are empowering women:

We have been made aware that these groups use young women as suicide bombers as they do children.

  1. The PKK/PYD/YPG are all different groups:

Not to our knowledge. The PKK/PYD and YPG have a joint command structure with operatives such as Bahoz Erdal of PKK (Dr. Fehman Huseyin) now actively running the troops for PYD.

29 Nov


The Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (ATAA) thanks His Excellency the Honorable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley for hosting a reception to mark the occasion of the 8th MIKTA Foreign Ministers Meeting, at Government House on Friday, November 25.

During the reception, ATAA committee members found the chance to meet the Foreign Minister of Australian, the Honorable Julie Bishop, and the Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Yildiz.












His Excellency the Honorable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley showed great interest in issues raised by our members.



MIKTA is an innovative partnership and a consultative forum based on shared values and interests, which brings together Mexico, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Turkey and Australia.
In the final communique of the 8th MIKTA Foreign Ministers Meeting, the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey was condemned and member nations reiterated their joint resolve in defeating global terror networks.


26 Nov

Australian-Turkish Community, Friendship Praised

The Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance thanks the federal and NSW State politicians who recently stood up to recognise and acknowledge the century-old friendship between Turkey and Australia, praising the positive contribution made by the Australian-Turkish community to the nation.

The NSW State senator, the Honourable Trevor Khan, MLC, has moved a motion acknowledging the 93rd anniversary of the proclamation of the Turkish Republic and celebrations by the community, while the Federal Member for Fowler from the ALP, Chris Hayes, delivered a speech at parliament praising the Turkish community in Australia.


Mr Hayes’s speech:

Mr Khan’s motion: