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‘There would be no Turkey’ without Canakkale victory: PM

18 Mart Çanakkale Zaferi ve Şehitler GünüToday’s Republic of Turkey is a heritage from the Battle of Canakkale in which the destiny of many other nations were also determined, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday.

Davutoglu was speaking at the commemoration ceremony at the martyrs’ cemetery on the Gelibolu (Gallipoli) peninsula of Turkey’s northwestern Canakkale province.

“We are indeed commemorating all the martyrs who died for this country, not only those who died in Canakkale,” the Turkish premier said.

Canakkale is an “epic,” Davutoglu stressed, saying a new nation was born from the ashes of a falling empire.

His remarks came on March 18, the 100th anniversary of Canakkale Victory Day — the battle which marked a turnaround in favor of the Turks against the Allied Forces during World War I.

“It [the Battle of Canakkale] has shown that there is nothing stronger than a nation ready to die for their homeland and that it is impossible to capture such a nation,” he said.

He added that had it not been for the victory in Canakkale, there would be no Turkey today.

The Turkish PM promised to make every effort in order to preserve the spirit of Canakkale, which he said would ensure national unity and everlasting brotherhood of all the ethnicities and cultures living in Turkey.

Having called on all the nations to leave behind the feelings of hatred, malice, and revenge, Davutoglu said Turkey would give a message of peace on April 24-25, which is marked as Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand, after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought and died on Turkish soil.

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