Turkish diplomat attempts to influence Australian politics

Armenian National Committee Australia (ANC Australia) has spread a message condemning Turkish Ambassador to Australia Oguz Ozge for his attempt to influence Australian politics, use Gallipoli as a bargaining chip, and spread his government’s denialist agenda. Ambassador Oguz Ozge has refused visas for 2 Australian archaeologists and threatened the future of a planned survey of Gallipoli battlefields, where so many Australians lost their lives.
 ANC Australia message particularly reads: “The reason for his threat is that in Fairfield NSW, a monument was erected condemning the genocide of 750,000 Assyrians at the hands of Ottoman Turkey.
 This bullying tactic is typical of Turkey’s current Administration, which denies its predecessors committed the Armenian Genocide, the Assyrian Genocide and the Hellenic Genocide.”
 The Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC Australia) stands united with the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) and the Australian Hellenic Council of NSW (AHC-NSW) in condemnation of Ambassador Ozge and the Turkish government.
 We request that the government of Australia stands up to this unethical interference in its affairs by a foreign diplomat.
 Australia, and our sacred history in Gallipoli, cannot and should not be used as a bargaining chip by Turkey.