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12 Dec
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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.

PKK LOBBYISTS IN AUSTRALIA

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
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MIKTA

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.

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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.

 

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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
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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:

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25 Oct
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Proud Week for the Australian Turkish Community

VICTORIA COUNCIL ELECTIONS:
Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance congratulates Oscar Yildiz for his re-election as councilor in Moreland, Victoria.
Yildiz is the only candidate in the North-West Ward of Moreland who has been elected to Council on primary votes alone.
‘I am blessed to be surrounded by the most selfless, most passionate and committed bunch of people who are my family and my friends,’ said Yildiz in a Facebook post he published to thank to his supporters.

‘Thank you to all of you who have supported me. You have inspired me beyond any measure to continue to devote myself to my community. I love my home city and I am so incredibly proud to be serving it again,’ Oscar said.

Oscar’s endorsement by the wider Moreland community once again proves the success of the Turkish immigration and integration to Australia.

We urge our community to get actively involved in politics at every level to build a better future for our children.

Oscar joins many other Australians with Turkish heritage representing the people of Victoria in politics.

We wish him the best of luck.

TURKISH MOVIES RECEIVE TOP NOMINATIONS

Mustafa Kara’s richly symbolic Northern Turkish tale Kalandar Soğuğu (Turkey, Hungary) and Zeki Demirkubuz’ slow-burn psychological drama Kor (Turkey, Germany) are vying for Best Feature Film in the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and received three nominations each, according to a press release by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Winners in the 10th anniversary edition of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be announced on Thursday, 24th of November from the 10th APSA Ceremony in Brisbane, Australia, and via a live webcast to the globe.

REPUBLIC DAY

This week, Australians with Turkish heritage will celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the proclamation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

There are many events both in Melbourne and Sydney marking this very important National Day for us all.

Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance invites all our community members to join any of these events and encourage their children to understand the importance of learning their pasts.

Australia’s multiculturalism is its biggest asset. Multiculturalism means raising our kids with pride in their cultural heritage while embracing the values of Australia.

Please take your children to your nearest event this coming weekend.

October 29, 2016

10:00 Melbourne, Federation Square: Flag raising ceremony

11:00 Sydney, Hyde Park: Flower laying to Ataturk memorial (we will then all catch the train to Auburn for the RSL Event)

12:00 Sydney, Auburn Memorial Park: RSL Turk ceremony

19:00 Grand Royal Reception – Alevi Kültür Merkezi (ticketed event)

October 30, 2016

09:00 – 16:00 Sydney, Auburn Athletics Track, Republic Festival, Avustralya Türk Dili ve Kültürü Platformu

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