ATAA Statement on Turkey’s “Operation Peace Spring” in Syria

ATAA Statement on Turkey’s “Operation Peace Spring” in Syria

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Community Information Service
October 12, 2019 / # 1157

ATAA Statement on Turkey’s “Operation Peace Spring” in Syria
The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA), which represents the interests of Turkish Americans living in the United States, is concerned with the recent, biased remarks on Republic of Turkey and its military intervention targeting terrorist organizations in Syria.

In a recent letter to the United Nations Security Council, Republic of Turkey cited article 51 of the UN Charter on self-defense for its intervention, stating that the operation is intended to:

  • ensure the security of its border and aimed to eliminate terrorist organizations ISIS/PKK/PYD/YPG emanating from Northern Syria,
  • establish stability along its Syrian border,
  • save Syrian people from the oppression of ISIS/PKK/PYD/YPG terrorist organizations,
  • ensure the safe return of displaced Syrians including Syrian Kurds to their homes in Syria.
The YPG is an armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a group linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been declared by Turkey, the United States, the European Union, NATO, and major world governments a terrorist organization. The PKK is responsible for the lives 40,000 in Turkey since early 1980s. The YPG poses a direct national security threat to Turkey, a strategic military and political ally of the United States and NATO member since 1952. YPG and PKK’s close ties have been acknowledged by many US officials including the former US Defense Secretary Ash Carter during a Q&A session at the Armed Services Committee hearings (1). An official report prepared by US National Security Director Daniel Coats, presented to the US Congress acknowledged that YPG, the Syrian wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), is seeking autonomy in Syria (2).
Turkey has provided refuge for more than 3.5 million Syrians including Syrian Kurds since the start of war in Syria. (AS: since March 2011)
The ongoing U.S. support for YPG and misrepresenting Turkey’s fight against terrorism in Syria jeopardize not only security of Turkey but also security of the region and the long-standing partnership and mutual trust between the U.S. and Turkey.
The ATAA urges the US Government officials and all responsible parties to do its utmost to avoid further deterioration of relations between two NATO allies.

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Dear website readers,

Despite not entirely sharing of ATAA Statement above, we evaluated that it would be of beneficial publicating this press release through our website..

Thank you for their valuble patriotic efforts..

With love and respect. 12th October 2019, Ankara / Turkiye

Dr. Ahmet SALTIK, MD, MSc, BSc
www.ahmetsaltik.net
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Dostlar,

İçeriğini tümüyle paylaşmamakla birlikte, The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA)‘nın yukarıdaki basın açıklamasını sitemizde paylaşmayı yararlı bulduk..

Teşekkür ederiz ABD’de yaşayan Türk kardeşlerimizin yurtsever çabalarına..

Sevgi ve saygı ile. 09 Ekim 2019, Ankara

Dr. Ahmet SALTIK MD, MSc, BSc
Siyaset Bilimci, Mülkiyeliler Birliği Üyesi
Sağlık Hukuku Bilim Uzmanı
www.ahmetsaltik.net     profsaltik@gmail.com

 

ATAA Remembers the Victims of the Khojaly Massacre

ATAA Remembers the Victims of the Khojaly Massacre

Community Information Service
February 27, 2018 | #1074

ATAA Remembers the Victims of the Khojaly Massacre

 

The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) mourns the victims of the Khojaly massacre, which claimed the lives of hundreds of Azerbaijani civilians from the town of Khojaly located in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

As Human Rights Watch documented, between February 25 and 26, 1992, the Armenian Armed Forces and Russian 366th Motor Rifle Regiment massacred 613 Azerbaijani civilians, 106 of them women and 63 of them children. Armenian forces took hostage another 1275, torturing 56 to death; another 150 remain missing to date. Over 480 civilians were disabled through mutilation, 76 of them teenage boys and girls. Young girls were raped and sexually mutilated. Twenty-five children lost both their parents, while 130 children were left motherless or fatherless.

According to Human Rights Watch, the massacres occurred while Azeri villagers were fleeing as their town fell to invading Armenian forces. The Armenian invasion of western Azerbaijan continues to date, and has caused the displacement of 1.5 million Azeris.
Human Rights Watch stated, “We place direct responsibility for the civilian deaths with Armenian forces. Indeed, neither our report nor that of Memorial includes any evidence to support the Armenian argument that Azerbaijani forces obstructed the flight of, or fired on Azeri civilians.”
Markar Melkonian, the brother of Armenian American terrorist and Armenian forces leader, Monte Melkonian, boasted, “Khojaly had been a strategic goal, but it had also been an act of revenge.”
Serge Sarkisian, long-time Defense Minister and Chairman of Security Council of Armenia, proudly declared, “Before Khojaly, the Azerbaijanis thought that the Armenians were people who would not raise their hand against the civilian population. We were able to break that [stereotype]!”
The ATAA condemns the heinous acts of the Armenian Republic, in the Khojaly massacres, as well as subsequent similar massacres that occurred in Shusa and Lachin in May 1992, Kelbajar in April 1993, Agdere in June 1993, Agdam in July 1993, in Fizulu and Djebrail in August 1993, Kubatly in September 1993, and Zangelan and Goradiz in October 1993.
The ATAA calls upon the United States and international community to hold Armenian leaders accountable for these crimes, as well as for the refugee crisis that continues to date as Armenian forces occupy western Azerbaijan.
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ATAA, representing 60 local chapters and 500,000 Turkish Americans throughout the United States, serves locally in Washington metropolitan area to empower the Turkish American community through civic engagement, and to support strong U.S. – Turkey relations through education and advocacy. Recognizing the importance of enhanced U.S.- Turkey relations to regional peace and security, ATAA works on creating a better understanding about the U.S. – Turkey partnership and the potential and challenges Turkey faces, with programs directed at decision makers, opinion leaders and the general public.

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Dear readers of our website,

We enthusiasticly share the information note above to the world public opinion by The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA)

Sevgi ve saygı ile. 28 Şubat 2018, Ankara

Dr. Ahmet SALTIK
Ankara Üniv. Tıp Fak. – Mülkiyeliler Birliği Üyesi
www.ahmetsaltik.net     profsaltik@gmail.com

ATAA Condemns Deadly PKK Attack on Turkish Army Convoy

ATAA Condemns Deadly PKK Attack
on Turkish Army Convoy

 

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Community Information Service
September 7, 2015 / No:823

 

ATAA Condemns Deadly PKK Attack
on Turkish Army Convoy

The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) strongly condemns continued terrorist attacks by the Marxist Leninist Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in Turkey. In latest terror attack, PKK terrorists targeted Turkish soldiers late Sunday in the town of Dağlıca in Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province, killing 16 soldiers and wounded 6.  Since July of 2015, 97 security officers lost their lives in heinous PKK terrorist attacks:

  • September 6, Daglica: 16 soldiers killed, 6 soldiers wounded (PKK)
  • September 6, Diyarbakir: 2 law enforcement officers killed, 3 law enforcement officers wounded (PKK)
  • September 4, Tunceli: 1 law enforcement officer killed (PKK)
  • September 2, Elazig: 3 law enforcement officers wounded (PKK)
  • September 1, Batman: 1 law enforcement officer killed, 1 law enforcement officer wounded (PKK)
  • August 31, Sirnak: 1 law officer and 1 civilian wounded (PKK)
  • August 30, Diyarbakir: 2 law enforcement officers killed (PKK)
  • August 30, Sirnak: 1 law enforcement officer killed, 4 law enforcement officers wounded (PKK)
  • August 29, Mardin: 9 law enforcement officers and 14 civilians wounded (PKK)
  • August 29, Sanliurfa: 2 law enforcement officers killed (PKK)
  • August 28, Tunceli: 1 security officer killed (PKK)
  • August 26, Bingol: 2 law enforcement officers wounded (PKK)
  • August 15, Hakkari: 1 law enforcement officer killed, 1 law enforcement officer wounded (PKK)
  • August 10, Sultanbeyli: 1 law enforcement officer killed (PKK)
  • August 10, Sirnak: 4 law enforcement officers and 1 soldier killed (PKK)
  • August 8, Mardin: 1 law enforcement officer killed, 1 law enforcement officer wounded (PKK)
  • August 8, Sirnak: 1 law enforcement officer killed (PKK)
  • August 7, Silopi: 1 law enforcement and 3 civilians killed, 2 law enforcement officers wounded (PKK)
  • August 7, Sirnak: 1 law enforcement officer killed, 1 law enforcement officer wounded (PKK)
  • August 1, Kars: 1 soldier killed (PKK)
  • July 31, Adana:  2 law enforcement officers killed (PKK)
  • July 31, Diyarbakir: 3 soldiers wounded (PKK)
  • July 31, Osmaniye: 1 law enforcement officer and 1 municipal worker wounded (PKK)
  • July 30, Sirnak: 3 soldiers killed (PKK)
  • July 30, Kars: 1 railroad worker killed and 1 rural guard wounded (PKK)
  • July 29, Erzurum: 1 soldier wounded (PKK)
  • July 29, Sirnak: 1 soldier wounded (PKK)
  • July 29, Dogubayazit: 1 soldier killed, 2 soldiers wounded (PKK)
  • July 28, Sirnak: 1 soldier wounded (PKK)
  • July 28, Hakkari: 1 soldier killed (PKK)
  • July 27, Malazgirt: 1 soldier killed, 1 soldier and 1 civilian wounded (PKK)
  • July 26, Istanbul: 1 law enforcement officer killed
  • July 25, Diyarbakir: 2 soldiers killed (PKK)
  • July 23, Kilis Turkish-Syrian Border Check: 1 soldier killed, 2 soldier wounded (ISIL),
    1 law enforcement officer killed (PKK)
  • July 22, Sanliurfa: 2 law enforcement officers killed (PKK)
  • July 20, Adiyaman: 1 soldier killed, 2 soldiers wounded (PKK)
  • July 20, Sanliurfa: 32 civilian died, 103 civilian wounded (ISIL)
The PKK is a terrorist organization according to the laws of the United States,
Turkey and European Union. In 2010, the United States Supreme Court held in the Humanitarian Law Project case that financial and lobbying support to even the PKK’s and Hamas‘ “nonviolent” activities constitutes support for terrorism and violates U.S. law.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit held in the Parlak case that the PKK was a racist organization that persecutes people who are not Kurdish as well as Kurds who do not support the PKK’s Marxist-Leninist political ideology. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit held in the Ozdemir case that Turkey’s military and police actions against the PKK are not ethnic-based and that they constitute legitimate anti-terror operations.
Since 1984, the PKK has caused the deaths of over 35,000 people, including Americans. The PKK has caused billions of dollars of property damage worldwide. The PKK claims to represent Kurds, but includes a sliver of roughly 5,000 radicals and militantsThe PKK is funded by revenue from narcotics and cigarette smuggling, human trafficking, sexual exploitation of women and children, as well as state and private supporters of terrorism.
Mainstream Turkish citizens of Kurdish heritage, who contribute to Turkey’s rich diversity of 77 million people, do not support the PKK, and do not support violence. There has never been apartheid, segregation, or statute based discrimination against Turkish citizens of Kurdish heritage. The vast majority of Turkish Kurds have integrated with the diverse ethnicity of Turkey and significantly contribute to Turkey’s economic, political, and cultural strengths.

The ATAA supports greater cooperation between the United States and Turkey to combat international terrorism, including the PKK and ISIL (DAESH).

The ATAA expresses its highest respect to the 16 Turkish security forces, who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom in Turkey and global peace.

The ATAA also expresses its deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of PKK terrorism and the people of Turkey, and wishes them strength, patience and determination.

ATAA urges the US, NATO members and Iraq to increase their support for Turkey
in ending the PKK terror by cutting their supplies and forcing them to surrender to
Turkish authorities.

 

ATAA, representing over 60 local chapters and 500,000 Turkish Americans throughout the United States, serves locally and in Washington DC to empower the Turkish American community through civic engagement, and to support strong
US-Turkish relations through education and advocacy.  Established in 1979, ATAA is the largest, democratically elected Turkish American membership organization
in the United States. As a non-faith based organization, ATAA is open to people of diverse backgrounds.  The ATAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed under the laws of the District of Columbia. To learn more about ATAA, please visit www.ataa.org .

© Entire content copyright 2015 by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations.
All rights reserved.

 This article may be reprinted without the permission of ATAA and free of charge under the conditions that the entirety of the article is printed without alteration to text, art or graphics,  the title of the reprinted or republished version attributes the article to ATAA, and the
ATAA website link www.ataa.org is included in the reprinted or republished version.

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Dostlar,

Türk – Amerikan Derneklerine duyarlıkları için teşekkür ediyoruz.

Sevgi ve saygı ile.
08.09.2015, Datça

Dr. Ahmet SALTIK
www.ahmetsaltik.net
profsaltik@gmail.com