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Turkey anger over Sydney monument...

Sep-30-2010 at 09:47 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Turkey anger over Sydney monument threatens Gallipoli survey
by AFP September 29, 2010 6:00PM

TURKEY may delay a survey of its Gallipoli battlefields with New Zealand and Australia in protest at a World War I monument built in Sydney.
Oguz Ozge, Turkey's ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, told Radio New Zealand that the monument in Sydney, which commemorates the deaths of around 750,000 Assyrians, was “quite unacceptable.”

The monument, erected by Assyrian community leaders, refers to the alleged killing of the Assyrians by Ottoman troops as “genocide”. Government minister Chris Bowen was photographed at its unveiling last month.

“This is quite concerning to the Turkish government, and as long as remedial action is not taken we intend to do something on the part of the Turkish government,” Mr Ozge said.

Archaeologists from Turkey, New Zealand and Australia are next week due to begin mapping the Gallipoli peninsula, the scene of the bloody World War I offensive.

A final decision to suspend the Gallipoli survey had not yet been taken, but Mr Ozge said it “could be, until we find a way out”.

“We hope to see the Australian government do something about (the monument)” he said. “We are in touch with the Australian authorities ... It is our intention to find a way out which would be satisfactory to us all,” he added.

Ian McGibbon, New Zealand's representative in the Gallipoli survey, said the row had cast next week's trip to Turkey into doubt, adding that the project had been several years in the making.

“I suspect it may eventually be next year now,” Mr McGibbon said. “I guess we just wait until the issue is resolved.”

Mr McGibbon said the exercise aimed to provide a detailed archaeological map of the battlefields, where 11,500 Australian and New Zealand troops died.

Turkey's foreign minister had earlier condemned the monument in Sydney's south-west, blaming people who “want to poison the perfect relations between Australia and Turkey and intend to rewrite history for political gain”.

Vandals have attacked the monument, spray-painting it with the words, “Assyrian dogs”, and the Turkish flag.

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Assyrian Genocide Monument in the suburb of Fairfield, Sydney, Australia.
Assyrian Genocide Monument in Australia Vandalized
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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

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Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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