Türkiye Cumhuriyeti

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29 EKİM CUMHURİYET RESEPSİYONU, 28.10.2011

88th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROCLAMATION OF
THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY

Saygıdeğer Konuklar,
Cumhuriyetimizin kuruluşunun 88nci yıldönümü için düzenlemiş olduğumuz Cumhuriyet Bayramı Resepsiyonu’na hepiniz hoş geldiniz. Ulu Önder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk yönetiminde kazanılan Kurtuluş Savaşı’nın ardından, Türk milleti, yine Atatürk’ün liderliğinde, Cumhuriyeti ilan ederek egemenliğini kazanmıştır. Hepimizin Cumhuriyet Bayramı kutlu olsun.
Konuşmama İngilizce devam etmeden önce, Cumhuriyet bayramımızı bu yıl buruk bir şekilde kutluyoruz. Bildiğiniz gibi ülkemiz peş peşe iki büyk acı yaşadı. Çukurca’daki hain saldırıda hayatını kaybeden şehitlerimize ve 23 Ekim günü Van ilinde Erşcis merkezli depremde hayatını yitiren vatandaşlarımıza Allah’tan rahmet, yakınlarına başsağlığı ve sabır yaralılılara ise acil şifalar diliyorum.
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Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
Tonight, we are gathered here to celebrate the 88th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. It is indeed a great pleasure to see so many distinguished guests and friends joining us here to celebrate this very significant turning point in our history.
This year our celebrations are subdued because of the powerful earthquake that hit Van, the eastern province of Turkey claiming many lives and leaving many others wounded. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their loved ones in this terrible natural disaster and wish for a swift recovery to those wounded.
I also wish to thank for the messages of condolences and offer of assistance from the NSW government and Australians.
I would like to acknowledge some of the distinguished guests who have not left us alone tonight.
-The Honorable Antoine (Tony) ISSA, Member for Granville, Representing the Hon. Victor M. Dominello Minister for Citizenship and Communities and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs of New South Wales,
-The Honorable Barbara Perry, NSW State ALP Member for Auburn
-Commodore Andrew Smith
-Mr. Stephan Kerkyasharian, Chairman of the Community Relations
-Colleauges of the Consular Corps
-Distinguished Members of the Turkish Community,
-Dear Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Republic of Turkey, as the successor of the Ottoman Empire, which lasted more than six centuries, was founded as a modern and secular state based upon the will and sacrifice of the Turkish people through the struggle of our august nation, conducted under the resolute leadership of the great leader, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
After the proclamation of the Republic on 29 October 1923, Turkey experienced a great transformation in all areas, including political, social and economic structures. Thanks to these transformation initiated by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey, once called “the sick man of Europe”, became, within a very short period of time, a respected member of the international community and turned out to be a source of inspiration for the regional countries.
Given the recent developments in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Ataturk’s great statesmanship and vision is once more proven. His relentless efforts to create a secular and democratic state based on rule of law have been crucial in creating modern Turkey. Today, the Republic of Turkey, with its democratic and secular political system, free market economy and social tradition of reconciling modernity with cultural identity is seen as the generator of peace, stability and wealth in its region and beyond.
Since its establishment, Turkey has been pursuing a peaceful and constructive foreign policy guided by the principle “peace at home and peace in the world” set out by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Today, as an active member of the globalized world, Turkey employs a multi-dimensional and active foreign policy that reconciles the West with the East and the North with the South. The primary objective of the Turkish foreign policy is to help securing and nurturing a peaceful, stable, prosperous and cooperative regional and international environment that is conducive to human development at home as well as in neighbouring countries and beyond.
In recent years, Turkey has also been taking major steps to consolidate its economic structure. Today, Turkey is the 16th largest economy in the world and the 6th largest in Europe. As one of the top 10 emerging markets, it is also a member of G-20. Turkey’s GDP growth rate in 2010 averaged 8,9% ranking it in first place in Europe. According to the OECD, Turkey will sustain the third highest growth rate after China and India by 2017.
Dear Guests,
We enjoy a very special and unique relationship with Australia. 96 years ago, during the first World War we first met Australians in the battlegrounds of Gallipoli Turkey as part of foreign troops trying to invade the Ottoman Empire.
Our two countries have turned the time when we were adversaries locked in combat into a memorial of the fine soldiers on both sides who lost their lives. The very well known message by Ataturk in 1934 to the mothers of ANZAC soldiers who died on Turkish soil laid the foundation for this special relationship. Today, Turkey and Australia are very good friends, sharing a common heritage of sacrifice, courage and compassion, won for them by the deeds of their respective soldiers at Gallipoli.
Another link binding the two countries is the 150.000 strong Australians of Turkish origin living all around Australia. With the arrival of the first Turkish migrant group in Sydney, in 1968, a new leaf was turned in our relations. Today, we can all be immensely proud of the significant contribution they have made to Australia.
Our relationship grows not only out of the historical context but also out of shared values. Although in different corners of the earth, our countries work to face the global challenges. In this regard, I would like to mention our cooperation in the multilateral fora, such as the UN, OECD and G-20 as well as our collective efforts in Afghanistan.
Minister Kevin Rudd’s last visit to Turkey in this year consolidated the bilateral relations and signaled a new partnership between Turkey and Australia in the councils of the world. As Minister Rudd pointed out, both countries have things to offer and if we undertake some common diplomatic challenges together, both regionally and globally, the world would benefit from our combined diplomatic enterprise.
There is no doubt that the very special relations between the two countries will be crowned by the centenary of Gallipoli in 2015. We expect more than 100 000 Australian and New Zelander’s to visit Turkey on that occasion.
20 years ago we held a very successful exhibition entitled Suleiman the magnificent here in the Art Gallery. I would like to take this opportunity to announce that we plan to hold an exhibition showcasing the rich Turkish history and culture here in the Art Gallery of NSW, within the framework of the centenary of Gallipoli in 2015.
Before concluding my speech, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to our host the Art Gallery of NSW, one of the most beautiful art museums in the world and renew my heartfelt wishes for the continuation of the strong friendship between Turkey and Australia and for the well-being and prosperity of the friendly Australian people.
Thank You once more for being here to celebrate and share this special day with us.
Thank You.
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Please join me for the toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Australia.