Gallipoli visa row resolved

A dispute threatening a planned survey of Gallipoli battlefields in Turkey has been resolved.
Turkey’s ambassador to Australia and New Zealand had been refusing to issue visas to a team of archaeologists, who are due to leave next week to begin mapping the Gallipoli peninsula.

Oguz Ozge had told Radio New Zealand he was unhappy with a World War I monument built in Sydney, commemorating the deaths of 750,000 Assyrians.

A spokeswoman from the Foreign Affairs Department says while there are ongoing discussions about the monument, the visa issue has been sorted out and the archaeologists are now free to travel to Turkey.