It was reported that the Ministry of Education of the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA) sent out a circular asking secondary school teachers to “tear up” the 36th page, which includes the section on Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, before distributing the book titled “Oxford Discover Futures 3 Workbook” to students.
According to information from Sigmalive, in the circular sent to teachers electronically with emphasis on “urgent”, on the page which was ordered to tear up, Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is depicted under the title “the greatest heroes of Turkey ”, and Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are described as the heroes of the art world.
As teachers shared information that the page that had been ordered to be torn up on social media groups concerned Atatürk, the president of the Greek Union of Secondary Education Teachers (OELMEK), Kostas Hacisavvas, asked explanations to the Greek Minister of Education.
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Hacisavvas said: “At the meeting that we will hold at the Ministry of Education in the coming days, we will seek clarification on the reasons that brought the relevant decision to the agenda. Our meeting will be held in order to discuss other serious matters related to I have promised my colleagues that I will forward the questions on the circular. used the expression.
THE PRESIDENT OF THE TRNC TATAR CONDEMNED THE CIRCULAR “TO TEAR THE ATATURK PAGE FROM THE BOOK” SENT TO TEACHERS OF THE GREEK SECTION
TRNC President Tatar said: “There is no point in removing Ataturk’s photo and replacing it with something else in a book on the Greek side, I condemn them for such an act.” noted.
The President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Ersin Tatar, reacted to the circular “tear Ataturk’s page from the book” sent to teachers in the Greek Cypriot administration and said: “There is no need to removing Ataturk’s photo from a book on the Greek side and replacing it with something else does not protect them from such behavior. I condemn him. ” noted.
President Tatar returned to TRNC after visiting various provinces in Turkey from September 3-7, 2021.
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Tatar made statements about his visit to Turkey at Ercan Airport and the Education Ministry of the Greek part of the Greek Cypriot Education Ministry sent a circular asking secondary school teachers to “tear up »The section on Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk before distributing the book” Oxford Discover Futures 3 Workbook “to students.
Stating that he first traveled to the Bozkurt district in Kastamonu, where the flood disaster occurred, with Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, Tatar noted that he was visited and had established contacts in the provinces of Ankara, Kütahya and Konya, and was greeted with great interest and hospitality in these provinces.
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Tatar stressed that he informed the public about the Cyprus issue wherever he went.
Emphasizing that the heart of everyone in Turkey is to contribute to the economy of the TRNC, Tatar said, “Many businessmen have told me that they have economic relations with the TRNC in many areas and that ‘they want to develop these relationships and they want to invest here. I had very important contacts in 4 days. You are extremely happy, because Turkey is our homeland, a country which has made a great contribution and a great help to the TRNC in all aspects. ” noted.
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Tatar said they will travel to New York on September 18, 2021 and meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and also hold various bilateral meetings and that there may be an informal bilateral meeting with the Greek Cypriot part.
“THE WHOLE WORLD RECOGNIZED HOW MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATÜRK WAS A GREAT COMMANDER AND LEADER”
President Tatar said: “What is important to us is our position that there will only be an agreement in Cyprus with the cooperation of two separate states living side by side, on a footing. equality, with the full support of Turkey. This position is clear. and we promise to take a step back from that. This is not the problem. ” noted.
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Tatar also responded to the AA journalist’s question about the Greek Cypriot administration’s Ministry of Education sending a circular asking secondary school teachers to “tear up” the 36th page containing the chapter on Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk before distributing the book titled “Oxford Discover Futures 3 Workbook” to students. , said:
“There is no point in discussing what kind of leader the great leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was after this hour, because the whole world has accepted what a great commander and leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was, and that he was the founder of the Turkey. In a book on the Greek side, there is no point in removing your photo and replacing it with something else, I condemn them for such behavior. “
Tatar said the issue of the history books dates back to before the Annan Plan in 2004.
Pointing out that TRNC administrators have softened related issues in the history books after the Annan plan, Tatar said that in this context mistakes were made in an attempt to “soften or hide” the real story. .
“IT MAY BE AN AGREEMENT BASED ON THE COOPERATION OF TWO SEPARATE STATES”
Tatar said: “We are talking about the fact that nations that do not know their past can cause big mistakes in the future, and that they can even suffer from their own national identities and positions. Therefore, if there are still gaps in our books that are said to exist, they should be corrected as soon as possible. The real story is in Cyprus. I insist that our young people should also know about the experiences, the goals of the Greco-Greek duo and what they are doing to achieve them, the genocide and the persecution against the Turkish Cypriots, in violation of international law. Knowing this means “we don’t want a fair, permanent and equality-based deal” in the future. At present, there may be a cooperation agreement between two separate states on the basis of sovereign equality. he said.
President Tatar added that the Greek Cypriot side had not softened the history books after the Annan plan, and with the influence of the church, he increased the dose of his position against Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots. and that Cyprus was an “island of Helena” and said her youth.