Turkey Park which was built in Kazakliya District, Moldova, Gagauz Autonomous Region with the support of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and the Municipalities of Altindağ, Büyükçekmece, Gölbaşı (Ankara), Isparta, Karatay (Konya), Keçiören, Ortahisar (Nevsehir), Osmangazi (Bursa) was opened with a ceremony held on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
The opening ceremony was attended by President of Moldova Igor Dodon, President of the Gagauz Autonomous Region Irina Vlah, Minister of Education and Culture of Moldova Monika Babuk, Secretary-General of the TDBB Fahri Solak, representatives of the Turkish embassy in Moldova, MP’s, TIKA Coordinator in Moldova, Chairman of Turkey-Moldova Friendship Association Rafet Koksal, municipality mayors from Gagauzia, mayors from local authorities in Turkey, NGO representatives, and Gagauz people holding the Gagauz and Turkish flags in their hands.
Ivanna Köksal, MP from Halk Topluşu, Gagauz Autonomous Region who made the opening speech, said, “We are very happy that we have made the opening of this meaningful and beautiful park during the Hıdrellez festival. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.”
Irina Vlah, President of the Gagauz Autonomous Region, said, ”The residents of Kazakliya celebrated the Hidrellez Festival in this beautiful park with intense participation and joy. On behalf of the people of Gagauz Autonomous Region, I would like to thank those who participated in the construction of the park and made their contributions.”
In his speech at the opening ceremony, Secretary-General of the TDBB Fahri Solak said how the Republic of Moldova and Gagauz Autonomous Region are among the member states with whom the Union has the most intensive cooperation and many joint projects carried out together. The opening of the Turkey park is one of the concrete examples of this cooperation. Solak thanked Turkish municipalities that have contributed to the construction of the park and congratulated the Moldavan people the Hıdırellez festival.
President of Moldova Igor Dodon spoke at the opening of the park, “Today I am very happy to be with you at the opening of this important park. As you can see here today, there are thousands of citizens with Turkish and Moldavian flags in their hands. This shows how strong the ties and relations between the two countries are. Today I would like to thank the Turkish friends who made their contributions and the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan who supports our country in all aspects. In the last decade, Turkey has made huge investments in Moldova. We are grateful to Turkey for all these investments”.
Turkey-Moldova Friendship Association Chairman Rafet Köksal, reminding that construction of the park lasted for nine months said how “an important part of the inventory and building materials in the park was provided by Turkey. Children’s playgrounds, arbors, sports equipment, chairs, lighting, green spaces, and fountains can be found in the park. Also, the residents of Kazakliya worked voluntarily in the construction of the park.”
Hidrellez Festival was Celebrated in Çadır Lunga
Hıdrellez Festival held in Çadır Lunga Municipality, a member of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) from Autonomous Gagauz Region, was held at the Horse farm on May 6, 2018, and participated by more than 5 thousand visitors Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania.
Celebrations visited by close to 200 visitors from Turkey was also attended by the President of Moldova Igor Dodon, Minister of Education and Culture of Moldova Monika Babuk, President Gagauz Autonomous Region Irina Vlah, Secretary-General of the TDBB Fahri Solak, mayors from Gagauz Autonomous Region, representatives from the Turkish Embassy in Moldova and other guests.
The opening of the Turkey Park was closely followed by the Moldovan and Gagauz press.