Kartal Municipality, member of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) on 30 April 2017 was opened “Srebrenica Genocide Memorial” at Kartal square in memory of 8.372 Bosniaks slaughtered and killed in Srebrenica during the aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 11, 1995.
This is first memorial of Srebrenica Genocide in Turkey with this name. Kartal Mayor Altinok Oz, Deputy Speaker of the Grand National Assembly and parliamentarian of Istanbul Akif Hamzaçebi, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Ankara Bakir Sadovic, Parliamentarian of Niğde Ömer Fethi Gürer, Honorary Consul General of Bosnia and Herzegovina Ahmet Kemal Baysak, Mayor of Havsa Municipality Oguz Tekin, Cyprus Esentepe Municipality Mayor Cemal Erdogan, Kemalpasa Mayor Ergul Akçiçek, Mayor of Gölpazarı Vedat Kazıcı, Mayor of Yalova Koru Municipality Kamil Yaman, Mayor of Sijenica / Serbia Hazbo Mujovic, President of Sijenica Assembly Muhedin Fijuljenin, Head of Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina Cultural Associations Esraf Temiz, witness of genocide Hasan Nuhanovic, Bosnian-Sancak Cultural Associations, NGOs and a large number of citizens participated.
Georgian sculptor Jhon Gogaberishvili’s ‘Srebrenica Genocide Monument’, which was built on Kartal Municipalities “4th International Stone Sculpture Symposium”, was planted in Kartal Square in cooperation with the Bosna Sanjak Academic Culture and History Foundation.
Speaking at the Srebrenica Genocide memorial installation ceremony at Kartal Square, Kartal Mayor Altinok Öz said, “We organized a contest to don’t forget genocide under the auspices of the United Nations in the middle of Europe. The award winning work in this competition is a very meaningful work. The mass behind is the main body of Bosnia. The ones who are scattered in the way are the ones who lost their lives throughout history and the part that is the front is genocide. Between the final disappearance and the main body, a heart-shaped connection was formed. This vineyard was also established with Kartal”. Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Ankara, Bakir Sadovic, in his speech thanked to supporters of this event.
In addition, following the documentary presentation of the sufferings in Srebrenica, witnesses of the genocide shared those moments with the participants.
Following their speeches, the singer Haluk Levent, who appeared on the stage, sang the song about Srebrenica genocide.
After their conversation, participants prayed for people lose their lives in the genocide. Later on, the photo exhibition titled “Walkers for Peace on the Road to Death” was opened.