Australian Politician Hits Back At Turkey’s Gallipoli Ban Threat

Marie Ficara

SYDNEY–Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, Marie Ficarra has condemned a statement released by the Turkish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which suggests the country will block Australian politicians from visiting Gallipoli for the centenary of ANZAC Day in 2015.

Turkey’s statement was made after both Houses of the NSW Parliament adopted unanimous motions, recognizing the Greek and Assyrian genocides as well as reaffirming the Armenian Genocide.

The statement says: “These persons who try to damage the spirit of Çanakkale/Gallipoli will also not have their place in the Çanakkale ceremonies where we commemorate together our sons lying side by side in our soil.”

In a letter address to the Consul-General of Turkey, Ficarra states: “To politicize Gallipoli is also an unacceptable and irrational act and comments such as ‘not have their place in the Çanakkale ceremonies where we commemorate together our sons lying side by side in our soil’ only diminishes Turkey’s credibility and reputation. I do not have respect for such excessive comments and actions.”

Ficarra, who is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier of NSW, also countered Turkey’s accusations that the motion was “hate speech” by rejecting what she called an “incorrect assertion”.

She went on to say: “I reiterate the Hon. Fred Nile’s statements that his Motion, and I know the Premier’s similarly, was not to attack or denigrate the modern State of Turkey but place on record the undeniable true history and properly acknowledge those who have suffered such disgraceful atrocities.”

Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of Australia, Vache Kahramanian said: “We thank the Honourable Marie Ficarra for taking a firm stance on this issue. It is unacceptable that Turkey politicizes the sacred memory of our ANZAC’s by making such threats against Australian citizens, and the politicians we elect.”

“The historic facts of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian genocides are undeniable and indisputable, and the motion passed by the New South Wales Parliament is a further testament to that.”

The sensational statement and threat by Turkey against Australian citizens and politicians has already received international media coverage, while locally The Australian is among the news sources to have covered the story.

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5 Comments

  1. George Mardig said:

    The world needs brave and people with high values like Marie Bicara, Thank you. The Turkish government’s behaviour is childish and shortsighted, how can they explain to the world from where came a huge 6-8 million Diaspora Armenians scattered all over the world?, from NO where else but the Genocide, The Turkish govenment should understand that this problem will no go away by negating

  2. Garo Yeghichian said:

    Once again the turkish Government demonstrate there true colour to the world.

  3. Ari said:

    When would Australia and New Zealand officially recognize the Armenian Genocide? More importantly, when would the US, UK and others follow this path? How long will the Turks be allowed to continue the injustice and continue profiting from the blood of the innocent Armenian people and the stolen Armenian territories?

  4. dadrian said:

    Genocide industry recruits doing their casual nonsense messaging job as seen above. Genocide Enterprise HQ Hairenik House :)

  5. ARMENAG MANOUKIAN said:

    WHY IS THAT AS ARMENIANS WE THINK WHEN THE U.S OR ENGLAND RECOGNIZE THE GENECIDE,OR OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND AS WELL.EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE.ALL THESE COUNTRIES HAD REPRESENTATION DURING THE GENECIDE,MAYBE JUST MAYBE WE SHOULD SUE THESE COUNTRIES AT A WORLD COURT,AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY REALY KNOW,BUT WILL THEY SHOW UP TO FACE THE TRUE REASON FOR NOT RECOGNIZING THE GENECIDE.BUT WILL THEY BE REPRESENTED BY JEWISH LAWYERS?

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