Battle of Dardanelles crucial in Turkish history

Turkish FM Cavusoglu says Canakkale, where the First World War Battle of Gallipoli took place is where an era ended and a new one started.

Battle of Dardanelles crucial in Turkish history
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
 The First World War Battle of the Dardanelles in northwestern Turkey holds an important role in many aspects of Turkish history, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday.

Addressing participants on the final day of the Seventh Annual Ambassadors' conference in Ankara, Cavusoglu said "Canakkale became a place, where an era ended and a new one started."

The 1915 battle took place in the Dardanelles strait in Canakkale province's district Gallipoli, which marked a turnaround in the fortunes of the Turks during First World War. The victory against the allied forces in the Dardanelles gave Turkey a massive moral boost that enabled it to wage a war of independence and eventually, in 1923, form a republic from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire.

Cavusoglu said the Turkish nation gained confidence in itself and got a spirit of struggle through the decisive battle. "Apart from us, other countries also acquired awareness of being nation," he said.

Turkey commemorates Canakkale Victory Day and Martyrs' Day on March 18.

Gallipoli district attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year in Turkey, who come in April to commemorate the 1915 battle.

The Turkish foreign minister invited all First World War affected countries to Turkey to commemorate the battle’s 100th anniversary.

Cavusoglu and the envoys were expected to visit Canakkale to pay tribute to Turkish soldiers on Jan. 9, the last day of the conference. However, due to bad weather conditions, the program was cancelled.

 

Last Mod: 09 Ocak 2015, 14:46
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