Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Ataturks Ideology Club organised a commemoration ceremony within the framework of 21 December Martyrs Week at Mustafa Afsin Conference Hall at 2:00 pm on 29 December 2016.
EMU Ataturks Ideology Club Chair Cagatay Kir delivered a speech at the said event which commenced with a moment of silence and the national anthem. In his opening address, Cagatay Kir expressed his feelings as follows: Our martyrs are the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the sake of their country. As the Turkish nation, it is our duty to maintain our struggle and preserve our great leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturks legacy. May all our martyrs and war veterans rest in peace, the invincible Turkish nation will never collapse.
Prof. Dr. Osam: I wholeheartedly commemorate all the lost lives.
EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam delivered a speech at the ceremony and Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam commemorated the martyrs who have a significant place in Cyprus Turkish history and added that we all should learn from the past to have a bright future. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Osam underlined that the support of mother land Turkey has always been felt by Turkish Cypriots and reminded that hostility has always been against the grain of the Turks.
Dr. Turgay Bulent GAlkturk: They have lost their lives for the sake of their countries and now we are living in peace on account of them.
Following the opening addresses, EMU Ataturk Research and Application Center academic staff member Turgay Bulent mentioned the history of Turkish nation and delivered a presentation in memory of the martyrs.
After the video screening Ertan Ersan made a speech and mentioned the history of Cyprus and reminded the brutal 1974 war period all the Turkish Cypriots have lived through. Ersan concluded his words with a poem about the martyrs and the universally renowned quotation of the great leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk How Happy Is He Who Says Im a Turk.
At the end of the conference, EMU Vice Rector for Student Affairs Prof. Dr. M. Yasar Ozden presented Ersan a gift made of traditional Lefkara lace. The event was attended by 28th Mechanised Division Commander Faruk Yildirim, Famagusta District Governor Durdane Aci, EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam, Famagusta Mayor Ismail Arter, 4th Infantry Regiment Commander Akin Orsdemir, Famagusta Chief of Police Department Omer Tazeoglu, Vice Rectors, EMU Ataturk Research and Application Center Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hasan Cicioglu, EMU Academic Staff Members and many students.
Source: Eastern Mediterranean University