Turkish Govt. Sources Refute Gallipoli Cancellation

The island of Gallipoli

ANKARA–Quoting sources close to the Turkish government, the Daily Sabah on Sunday reported that the presidency and the prime ministry have refuted earlier reports, published by Sunday’s Zaman, about the cancellation of events set to mark the Gallipoli centennial on April 24, the Turkish president’s scheme to deflect international attention from the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

“Sources from both the Presidency and Prime Ministry have refuted the claims that the commemorations have been canceled, refraining from offering further details over how many and which countries will participate in the Gallipoli centennial commemoration,” reported Sabah, which emphasized Today Zaman’s link to the Gulen Movement, once an ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, now facing a crackdown in Turkey. The Turkish government has issued an arrest warrant for the group’s leader, Fettulah Gulen, a cleric living in Pennsylvania, and asked the US to extradite him back to Turkey.

On February 21, the Sunday’s Zaman quoted a government official, who wished to remain anonymous, as saying, “The Gallipoli celebrations have been canceled. All preparations have been suspended as the number of RSVPs to the invitation is not positive. Only five countries have accepted the invitation and they will not be represented by high-level officials.”

Leading up to the Gallipoli event, Erdogan had sent official invitations to more than 100 world leaders, including Armenian President Serge Sarkisian, to partake in the ceremonies. The date designated for these commemoration events—April 24—created uproar among Armenians worldwide, while Turkish human rights groups urged world leaders to boycott the Gallipoli events.

On Jan. 16, Sarkisian responded to Erdogan’s invitation to Turkey on April 24, in a strongly worded letter. “Turkey continues its conventional denial policy and is perfecting its instrumentation for distorting history. This time, Turkey is marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli on April 24, even though the battle began on March 18, 1915 and lasted until late January 1916, while the Allies’ operation started on April 25,” he wrote, adding, “What is the purpose [of this] if not to distract the world’s attention from the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide?”


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  1. Vindicated Man said:

    This doesn’t matter. What are the countries that agreed to participate?

  2. Hratch said:

    I’ll have to reconsider my previous post saying there is a God. We’ll now have to wait until April 24 to really find out.

  3. tuyn said:

    Turkey paid Muslim Brotherhood to burn Genocide docs: Egyptian sheikh

    Turkey paid Muslim Brotherhood to burn documentary evidence on the Armenian Genocide, Tert.am reports citing Turkish Demokrat Haber.
    According to Democrat Jihad founder Sheikh Nabil Na’eem, Turkey paid around $1 million to get the documents burned in Egypt.
    “Some of the Muslim brotherhood memebers should be held responsible for it,” Na’eem said.
    As Cairo-based newspaper Veto reported, several of the burnt documents would put Turkey in a bind in international courts. Sheik Na’eem said that Egypt should penalize Turkey on this issue.
    A number of government buildings were burnt down amid the chaos sparked by protest marches against Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
    According to latest news, on December 17, 2011 the Egyptian institute archives were burnt down, with the majority of manuscripts and documents stored in the institute reduced to ashes over the fire brigade’s delay.

  4. GreatfulLiving said:

    Here is the list of countries/territories which have accepted the invitation to attend Galiopoli events: azerbaijan, Nakhichevan (illegally gifted to azerbaijan by uncle Stalin the brut), Chechnya, Kabardino Balkaria, Daghestan, and ISIS, whose army aided and abetted by Turkey is said to consist mostly of citizens from the aforementioned countries/territories.

  5. zarkim said:

    Gallipoli Memorial happens once a year. It is not a big event.
    Once a year during April Australians/New Zealanders gather in Turkey and celebrate the Gallipoli happening. What are they really celebrating???
    However, this year Erdogan wanted to make a BIG celebration by inviting many world leaders trying to confuse the Armenian genocide with the Gallipoli event.
    This is not going to happen. Many world leaders are not prepared to attend.
    Turkish terrorists that attacked Kessab were encouraged by Americans/allies and NATO including ISRAEL. ISIS exists because of Americans and their allies. ISIS’s stronghold/nest is in Turkey.
    Kurdish people and all other groups who have been hurt by these animals should blame the Americans for their cowardly act of stirring things up and then running away.
    Syria has been a SHELTER to millions of ETHNIC minorities for centuries. Why does anyone want to destroy it? Learn from Syria about MULTICULTURALISM. Syria should be congratulated. Even “ISRAELIS” used Syria as a safe-heaven. Look at the way THESE “Wolves in sheepskin” show their appreciation. Look what these “ANIMALS” have done to SYRIA/Aleppo?

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