Turkey-New Zealand forum cancelled over deadly crash

New Zealand-Turkey Investment & Commerce Forum, which was scheduled to be held in Istanbul on Monday, was cancelled.

Turkey-New Zealand forum cancelled over deadly crash

New Zealand-Turkey Investment & Commerce Forum, which was scheduled to be held in Istanbul on Monday, was cancelled.

Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON), organizer of the forum, stated on Sunday that the forum was cancelled because New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key would not be able to attend it.

Key had to return to his country after a military helicopter, on its way to Anzac Day commemoration ceremony, crashed killing three and injuring one.

Earlier today, Key attended the commemoration ceremonies for the 95th anniversary of the Canakkale Battles in Gelibolu peninsula of the northwestern province of Canakkale.

"Canakkale Battles", also known as "The Gallipoli Campaign", took place at Gelibolu peninsula in Turkey from April 1915 to January 1916, during the First World War.

A joint British and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Istanbul and secure a sea route to Russia. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) formed the backbone of a 200,000-man British-led army that landed at Gelibolu. The attempt failed, with heavy casualties on both sides. The campaign resonated profoundly among all nations involved.

The campaign was the first major battle undertaken by ANZAC and is often considered to mark the birth of national consciousness in both Australia and New Zealand. As "ANZAC Day", April 25 remains the most significant commemoration of military casualties in these countries.

Turkey's commercial activity with New Zealand is concentrated on energy technologies, sea vehicles, boat and ship building industry, contracting, agriculture technologies, health IT industry, medical equipments, bioactive products and information and communication technologies.


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