President Gül, during his message on the occasion of the first meeting of the Syrian Turkmen Platform which was held in Istanbul, said: “We will make every effort so that the Syrian Turkmen with whom we are entrusted by our forefathers can take their place that they deserve in the new and democratic Syria protecting its territorial and political integrity.”
Evincing his pleasure to share his thoughts with the participants through his message on the occasion of the first meeting of the Syrian Turkmen Platform held at the Grand Cevahir Hotel on December 15, 2012, President Gül noted that even though the Syrian Turkmen people, with whom Turkey has been as close as two coats of paint for centuries, live within a different political border today, their bonds of love and affection have never been broken to this day and said this situation also applies to their Syrian friends and relatives. Therefore, he stressed, the Syrian Turkmen people are integrated parts of the Turkish nation and they are the strongest bridge of humanity between Turkey and its Syrian sisters and brothers.
Having been exposed to great oppression and predicaments over the last century, the Syrian Turkmen people, despite all these misfortunes, have never hesitated to make tireless efforts for the good of both Syria and Turkey, the President declared.
“Fighting to save the Islamic world from being annihilated during the Crusades for centuries, the Syrian Turkmen people are an altruistic nation that served as the watchman for the road of Pilgrimage and as an indestructible wall in defending the land they lived in.”
Reiterating that he knows very well that the Syrian Turkmen turn their faces to Anatolia and pray to God for the union and solidarity and well-being of Turkey as did the founder of the Anatolian Seljuk State, Süleyman Shah, whose tomb is in Syria, President Gül said the Turkish people, in return, have always regarded the peace, security and prosperity of their Turkmen sisters and brothers in Syria as theirs because , he added, they are entrusted with the Syrian Turkmen by such leaders as Sultan Alparslan and Kutalmışoğlu Süleyman Shah.
Pointing to the great changes and transformations in the region, President Gül asserted that they are witnessing today a process in which the flow of history is gaining momentum and comprehensive transformations are occurring in the region as well as in the world, saying: “Dictatorships, tyrant and closed regimes which were thought to endure for good are being overthrown one by one. Downtrodden peoples, who have long suffered from oppression, brutality and intimidation, are today altering their ill fortunes with their own hands.”
One of the regimes that is acting against the natural course of history today unfortunately is the Baath regime in Syria, averred the President and he further stated that this administration, which Turkey has insistently urged since the dawn of the new millennium to meet the righteous demands of its people, has already lost its legitimacy and turned into one that victimized its own people with its war planes, tanks and helicopters. “Turkey feels sorry about the fact that Syria is exhausting itself. It is the historic responsibility on our shoulders to lend our corroboration for our Syrian relatives and siblings during this difficult time.”
Turkey, he proclaimed, will resolutely continue to do so for the establishment of a free and democratic order in Syria in which everyone looks to the future with hope. He also declared that Turkey is embracing all walks of life and parties in Syria in this process without discriminating against any religion, language and ethnicity. “We will also make every effort so that the Syrian Turkmen with whom we are entrusted by our forefathers can take their place that they deserve in the new and democratic Syria protecting its territorial and political integrity.”