Rauf Raif Denktaş dedicated his entire life to serve the Turkish Cypriot community through the struggles that they faced. In honour of the dedication of his life to the community, Eastern Mediterranean University, Rauf Raif Denktas Turkish Cypriot History Research Centre (RRD-TCHRC) organized a commemoration ceremony at Rauf Raif Denktas Culture and Congress Palace on Wednesday, 8 January 2014.
TRNC Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports and Serdar Denktas, Son of the Late Founding Father attended the ceremony.
The opening speech was delivered by EMU Faculty of Education, Department of English Language Teaching Lecturer, Advisor to the Rector and EMU RRD-TCHRC President Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam where he thanked all participants and explained the importance of the Founding Father Denktas’ role in the Turkish Cypriot Communities Struggle.
Speaking on behalf of Eastern Mediterranean University, EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Abdullah Y. Öztoprak stated that Denktas was a well-respected statesman throughout the Turkish community for the deeds he has committed and how his name became synonymous with the struggle for the Turkish Cypriot Communities existence and the island itself.
Serdar Denktas took stage to thank everyone who put together the ceremony and stated that the government and the beliefs that he had left behind are still succeeding.
The ceremony was concluded with a presentation from Ergün Olgun entitled “Görüşmecilik Olgusu ve Kıbrıs Davası” and a presentation from Taner Erginel entitled “Hukukçu Gözüyle Rauf Raif Denktaş”