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Turkish-Canadians gather to commemorate all public servants and diplomats slayed in service and to remember Colonel Atilla Altıkat on 37th anniversary of his assassination

Posted on: September 23, 2019

On August 27, Canadians of Turkish origin, friends of the community, members of the Parliament, government officials and Canadians who reject terrorism will once again gather to commemorate all public servants and diplomats slayed in service and to remember Colonel Atilla Altıkat, the Turkish military attaché who was gunned down in Ottawa thirty-seven years ago. Colonel Altıkat was the very first victim of international terrorism on Canadian soil. The Turkish community in Canada calls on all relevant agencies and political leaders to stand firmly against extremism and work to bring due closure to this case.

On the morning of August 27, 1982, while driving to work, Colonel Altıkat, father of two, young husband and son of both living parents, was shot 10 times at point blank range. An Armenian terrorist organization claimed the responsibility for his assassination. In spite of some leads by journalists and others, no arrests have been made to date and the murderers remain at large.

Between 1973 and 1986, Armenian terrorist attacks took 70 innocent lives around the world, 31 of whom were Turkish diplomats, and wounded 524 innocent bystanders. A Canadian security officer, Claude Brunelle was also killed when three heavily armed Armenian terrorists stormed the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa in 1985. The Turkish Ambassador at the time was injured and had to be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. It appears that the Armenian terrorists have done all these in an attempt to impress upon the world their version of the history and to achieve self-defined nationalistic goals. Strangely enough this attach was justified for the Armenian communities in Canada.

The Turkish community of Canada would like to reiterate its profound disappointment regarding the lack of progress in finding the killers of Colonel Altıkat. We appeal to our officials, particularly the RCMP, to heighten their efforts to shed light on this political homicide.

CTC Remembers All Victims of the Ottoman-Armenian Conflict

Posted on: September 23, 2019

April 24, 2019 – This year once again we remember with sadness and respect the memory of the victims of the Ottoman-Armenian conflict during the First World War. As Canadians we stand for truth and reconciliation.
The conflict began when Armenian nationalist groups revolted against the Ottoman Empire, while collaborating with the invading Russian armies in Eastern Anatolia. Committing this act of high treason resulted in the relocation of Armenians from the war zone. This relocation was a military measure in self-defence. Most of the deaths during the relocation resulted from famine, the spread of diseases, sporadic fighting, and a breakdown of authority in poor war conditions. Under these terrible conditions, with the ongoing world war, bandits and private groups had plenty of opportunities to commit massacres. It was the same time and geography where many Armenians and Turks lost their lives.
The sufferings on both sides were enormous, hence labelling it as a one-sided genocide means ignoring the lost lives of all other human beings. After all, the word genocide must be used as a clearly defined crime under the UN Genocide Convention of 1948 and a binding international law. Adopting this term without the due legal process lacks any legitimacy and can only be defined as a defamation of a nation that also suffered during that. In fact, Armenian allegations have been rejected by the European Court of Human Rights and the French Constitutional Council, where the latter also reaffirmed that crimes against humanity or genocide must be established by competent courts but not by the Legislature.
We need to go beyond the politics of the tragic past and establish a factual account of history. This can only be accomplished through an honest and open dialogue between Turks and Armenians. Canada can play an important role on this reconciliation process by being objective and fair in their approach to the issue, while encouraging Turkey and Armenia to move forward the mutually adopted but subsequently suspended Zurich Protocols which include the study of these events by independent commission of historians and experts. In the meantime, our Government can also adopt a constructive role by encouraging the Armenian-Canadian communities to discuss the issue together with the Turkish-Canadian communities.

We invite the Armenian-Canadians to reconciliation, joint healing and acknowledging loss of lives from both sides together. We believe this is the best way to remember the victims of the Ottoman-Armenian conflict.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s Message for the 95th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Republic of Turkey

Posted on: October 22, 2018

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