The series of events organized by the Eastern Mediterranean University Atatürk Research and Application Center (EMU-ATAUM) in celebration of the 100th anniversary of 19 May 1919, the starting date of Turkish national struggle are continuing. Within the scope of these events a conference was delivered by Turkish National Struggle commander Kazım Karabekir Pasha’s daughter Timsal Karabekir at the EMU Prof. Dr. Mehmet Tahiroğlu Hall at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the 8th May 2019. Before the conference commenced, EMU-ATAUM President Asst. Prof. Dr. Turgay Bülent Göktürk provided information about the events organized by the Center in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Struggle whilst announcing that the “Record-Breaking Blood Donation” campaign organized of Friday, the 3rd of May 2019 reached its goal by collecting 112 units of blood and breaking the TRNC record.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Göktürk then went on to thank Timsal Karabekir for supporting their event before reading the biographies of Timsal Karabekir and her father Kazım Karabekir Pasha. In the conference titled “Don’t Forget Yesterday so That you are Entitled to a Tomorrow” Timsal Karabekir touched upon what Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s comrade in arms Kazım Karabekir and other commanders went through during the National Struggle whilst showing pictures from the period. Students experienced emotional moments during the conference which had a significantly large turnout. At the end of the conference EMU-ATAUM President Asst. Prof. Dr. Turgay Bülent Göktürk presented Timsal Karabekir a bouquet of flowers.
“We Are Proud”
Before the conference EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam hosted Timsal Karabekir in his office. Indicating that she is very happy to be in EMU and Cyprus, Karabekir gifted Prof. Dr. Osam a book introducing the Kazım Karabekir Foundation of which she is a founding member. Prof. Dr. Osam stated that it is a great honor to be hosting the daughter of a National Struggle commander and presented Timsal Karabekir a board with traditional Cypriot Lefkara lace. Also present at the said meeting were Kazım Karabekir Foundation General Secretary Sadık Tekel, EMU Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Prof. Dr. Halit Tanju Besler and EMU-ATAUM President Asst. Prof. Dr. Turgay Bülent Göktürk.