South Korean people moved by Turkish sacrifice

Visiting war memorial in Ankara's Kore Park on 60th anniversary of Turkish troops killed in Korea - top South Korean official pays tribute to their sacrifice.

South Korean people moved by Turkish sacrifice

World Bulletin / News Desk

In honoring the 721 Turks who lost their lives in the Korean war over half a century ago, South Korean chief justice minister, visiting Ankara veterans memorial said the Turkish troops, “came to a country they had no knowledge of and had never seen yet risked their lives and fought bravely.”

“I felt my heart break when coming to Kore Park and seeing the memorial wall with names of soldiers who lost their lives," said Sung-tae Yang.

"As Chief Justice I want to thank you and those not with us today in the name of Korean people.” He also said that the Koreans have not and will not forget what the Turkish soldiers have done for their country.

The Turkish Brigade served under United Nations command during the Korean War between 1950 to 1953. Over two thousand Turkish soldiers were also wounded and just over a hundred and fifty went missing. Kore Park was built in Ankara in 1973 in honor of the Turkish veterans.

As well as this year being the 60th anniversary of ceasefire, Yang said “the sacrifice is the basis of a 60 year friendship between Turkey and Korea”. He said he hopes for another 60 years of this ongoing strong relationship, cooperation and partnership development.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Kasım 2013, 11:06