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Faces of Deportation Sergisi, 17.05.2012

The Faces of Deportation
Resim Sergisi
Yunus Emre Türk Kültür Merkezi
17 Mayıs 2012, Perşembe

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to thank to the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre and the organizers for inviting me the opening ceremony of this outstanding exhibition.

I would also like to congratulate Ms. Filiz Kahraman and Ms. Melek Maksudoğlu for their efforts to organize “The Faces of Deportation” art exhibition.

Distinguished guests,

As you know, Crimea has been subject to conquest and imperial contestation throughout history. The Peninsula has seen a lot of devastation and the people of this multiethnic, culturally diverse region had suffered greatly.

Unfortunately, today we are commemorating the 68th anniversary of the deportation of our Tatars brothers from the Crimean Peninsula by Stalin during the Second World War. The deportation which is accepted as one of the saddest period of our history is remembered as a tragedy in the collective memory of all Turkish people.

On this occasion, I wish Allah have mercy upon hundreds of thousands of our innocent Crimean brothers and sisters who passed away during this brutal deportation.

The courageous return of thousands of Crimean Tatars to their homeland between the years 1989 and 1991 symbolizes the sowing of those flower seeds back into the garden where they belong.

Crimean people have a special place in our hearts. That is why, Turkey is determined to increase its relations with our Crimean brothers in every possible field. We will never spare our efforts for protecting their rights and promoting their right causes.

On this occasion, I would like to remind you famous Crimean author and poet late Cengiz Dağcı. We lost him last year in London. He has played an exceptional role in introducing the plight of Crimean people to Turkey and the world. May Allah rest his soul in peace.

I believe that this extraordinary exhibition by Filiz Kahraman and Melek Maksudoğlu would also play an important role to explain the suffering of the Crimean people to future generations.

I would like to conclude my remarks by wishing all the best for the success of the exhibition.

Thank you.