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Türkiye marks anniversary of Ahiska Turks Soviet exile

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Türkiye marks anniversary of Ahiska Turks Soviet exile

Published November 14,2023


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Türkiye on Tuesday commemorated the 79th anniversary of the exile of just about 100,000 Ahiska Turks from their homeland within the Caucasus area in the course of the Soviet period.

“I commemorate with sadness the 79th anniversary of the exile of Ahiska Turks from their lands, and I wish God’s mercy to the approximately 20,000 brothers and sisters who lost their lives during this great oppression,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan mentioned on X.

Türkiye will proceed to defend the rights of Ahiska Turks on each platform, Erdoğan added.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Ministry additionally mentioned that Ankara will all the time proceed to face by the Ahiska Turks.

“We commemorate our compatriots who lost their lives on the 79th anniversary of the exile of #Ahiska Turks and remember their cherished memories with respect,” the ministry mentioned on X.

Ahiska Turks, also called Meskhetian Turks, have been expelled from the Meskheti area of Georgia by Soviet chief Joseph Stalin in 1944.

They additionally confronted discrimination and human rights abuses earlier than and after the Soviet deportation.

Source: www.anews.com.tr

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