Türkiye Cumhuriyeti

Kanberra Büyükelçiliği

Konuşma Metinleri

10 Kasım Atatürk’ü Anma Günü, 10.11.2012

Değerli Vatandaşlarım, Çalışma Arkadaşlarım, Gençlerimiz ve Çocuklarımız

Cumhuriyetimizi kuran ve bağımsızlığa kavuşturduğu ulusumuzu çağdaş uygarlık düzeyine taşıyan Ulu Önder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’ü, aramızdan ayrılışının 74. yıldönümünde minnet ve şükranla anmak üzere toplanmış bulunmaktayız.

Atatürk, dünya liderlerinin günümüzde de hayranlık duyduğu, üstün liderlik meziyetleri olan, uzak görüşlü, akılcı ve gerçekçi yönlerini mükemmel bir şekilde bağdaştıran eşsiz bir şahsiyetti. Barış ve köklü dostluğun nasıl tesis edilebileceğini bilen bilge bir insandı.

Onun aziz hatırası önünde saygıyla eğilmek üzere bugün buradayız. Aramızda bulunan Avustralyalı dostlarımızın da anlayabilmeleri için, izninizle konuşmama İngilizce devam edeceğim.

Dear Compatriots, Friends and Children,

Today we are gathered here to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the passing of Atatürk, the father of the Turkish Nation.

As the founder of modern day Turkey, Atatürk has a special place in the hearts of not only the Turkish people but many nations worldwide. All of us gathered here today know quite well who Atatürk is and are familiar with what he has achieved. But for the benefit of the younger generations among us, let me briefly recall a few of his achievements.

Atatürk was not only a brilliant commander, able to motivate, prepare and successfully guide thousands of men to battle, but he was also a great leader and statesman, capable of leading a nation to follow his vision to undertake a series of drastic reforms.

As military commander in chief, he led his country in the national war of independence. For this purpose, he left Istanbul and moved to Ankara. On 19 May 1919 he landed on Samsun, and started to mobilize the Turkish people against the invasion of the Allied forces. Despite the adverse economic and political circumstances of the time, the Turkish nation rallied behind Mustafa Kemal. After a series of successful wars against the Allied forces and with the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne in July 1923, Turkey was recognised as an independent state.

As a statesman on the other hand, his biggest achievement was the establishment of the Republic on 29 October 1923.

We have just recently celebrated the 89th anniversary of the proclamation of the Turkish Republic. As a Republic with a young and energetic population, Turkey today is a proud member of the international community.

Atatürk’s reforms have laid the foundations of our nation and made it what it is today.

He set a goal for future generations; Turkey and the Turkish people should reach and eventually surpass the level of modern civilisation achieved anywhere in the world. To attain this goal he asked the Turkish people to work hard.

He believed in his fellow compatriots, in their many virtues, their willingness to sacrifice and their ability to come together and unite when needed. In a sense the Turkish Republic is a work in progress and it is up to you, future generations of Turks to fulfil Atatürk’s dream of creating a democratic, secular, social and modern state, where all citizens can enjoy the fruits of living in a free and prosperous country.

Atatürk during his time, as the first President of the Republic, was well respected in the world. Many nations across the globe expressed grief and sorrow on the untimely passing of Atatürk. On this day 74 years ago, flags were held at half-mast in many countries across Europe and Asia.

We all know very well his role in the Gallipoli campaign. Atatürk defended the Gallipoli peninsula against all odds, and the ANZAC forces had to retreat. But Atatürk knew all too well that wars are exceptions and that peace, harmony and friendships are the rule. That is why Turks and Australians have been good friends since.

The words inscribed on the slate of marble just before us, addressed to the mothers of ANZAC soldiers, are the foundation of the strong bond of friendship between Turks and Australians. That is why we, Turks and Australians, are able to gather here this morning at this memorial.

Ladies and Gentleman,

There are many more words that can be spoken about Atatürk. He is too great a leader to be summarised in a short speech, so in concluding my words I especially recommend our young people to study his life, his speeches and the many books written on him. I would like now to request Mr. Graham Wright, to share his experiences and thoughts with us. He was present at Atatürk’s funeral as a formal representative of Australia. He is a living witness of those memorable days Hence it is a pleasure for us to be here with him today.

Thank you very much.