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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

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.

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