By Ahmet Abdulaziz….
The Near East University and the Gazi University (Ankara) recently entered into an agreement to work on a project with the title “Traces of the Turkish Cypriots Struggle for the Existence of Struggle in the Art”
This project of extending collaboration between the two universities is aimed to honour the Turkish Cypriots who fell in the freedom struggle while continuing their education in Turkey or after graduation. The project will be finalised by organising a joint exhibition on 21-25 December 2019 in Ankara. The title of the exhibition will be “A Gift To Cypriot Heroes, Mixed Exhibition of Existence of Turkish Cypriots”. The artworks to be displayed in the exhibition will be presented to the Cyprus Turkish National History Museum.
According to the press information released by the University, after the conclusion of a meeting held at the Senate Meeting Hall of the Gazi University Rectorate, TRNC Ankara Ambassador Kemal Köprülü stressed that the project to be implemented in cooperation with Gazi University and Near East University is of great importance for the TRNC.
Mr. Köprülü stated that the project will both ensure that the events are not forgotten and that the meaning of the struggle of the Turkish Cypriot community will be transferred to the younger generations. Köprülü said, “Among the graduates of Gazi University, there are many martyrs of Turkish Cypriots such as Hüseyin Ruso, Turgut Sıtkı, Hüseyin Salih Bora, Mehmet Mustafa, Kemal Özalper. By the initiative of our professors, the national struggle of existence will be reflected in the art works of our precious artists and with this event, it will be ensured that the days of our struggle will have a more permanent place in the memory of our young generations. The realisation of the project will also encourage expression of respect and gratitude to all the heroes who fought for the sake of their people and country, and for overcoming the dark days and coming to our present days.