ATA-A PRESS RELEASE
April 1st, 2014
TURKISH COMMUNITY WILL RALLY TO DEFEND THE TURKISH CONSULATE
ATA-A represents more than 120 Australian Turkish Associations and advocates on behalf of the interests of the Australian Turkish community, one of its roles is to advocate against turning foreign historical issues into a political football in Australia.
On April 2nd, at 3pm the Youth Council of Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (ATA-A) will organise a public rally to defend the Turkish Consulate on 66 Ocean Street, Woollahra, from the hatred fuelled protests of the Armenian Lobby. We will be remembering the Turkish Consul-General Mr Sarik Ariyak who was assassinated by the Armenian Terrorists on the December 17th 1980 very close to that address, and also Turkey’s Melbourne consulate, which was also a victim of car bomb attack in 1986 by Armenian JCAG terrorists.
At a time when the Turkish and Australian diggers are fighting side by side in countries like Afganistan, the hatred fuelled remarks of the Armenian lobby group is yet again attempting to paint the Republic of Turkey in the worst possible light by unfounded allegations with the obvious aim of jeopardising the friendship of Australia and Turkey.
We condemn the attacks by the Al-Qaeda affiliated groups on the innocent civilians and also the attacks to the innocent Syrian Armenians in the city of Kessab. We also condemn the attempts by the Armenian Lobby to try manipulate Australia’s foreign policy as a weapon against Turkey. Such an action can only be seen as an attempt to use this country’s capabilities to further a foreign power’s interests. The Armenian Lobby’s policy goals are not aimed at Australia’s best interests, and seek only to use this country to try further leverage pressure on Turkey.
AUSTRALIAN TURKISH ADVOCACY ALLIANCE