PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER: Speaker inaugurates an art exhibition to mark ANZAC Day and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malta and Turkey

Speaker Anglu Farrugia inaugurated an art exhibition to mark ANZAC Day and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Malta and the Republic of Turkey.

In his speech, the Speaker referred to the historical events of the Gallipoli landings in April 1915 and the ferocity of the military campaign which caused a great number of casualties and deaths. The ultimate sacrifice and loss of human life in that and subsequent wars and regional conflicts leads one to question the effectiveness of post-World War international institutions to prevent wars and regional conflicts. The international community of nations has failed take effective action to:

Respect the fundamental rights and freedoms, the dignity and worth of the human

person;

Respect the obligations emanating from international law and treaties;

Promote social progess and better standards of life in freedom;

Practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours;

Enhance efforts to promote international peace and security, and;

Promote the economic and social advancement of all nations.

During World War I, Malta served as the Nurse of the Mediterranean, where wounded servicemen, irrespective of whether they were friend or foe, found refuge and medical care. Malta is a peace-loving country, and its constitutional provision prescribes Malta as a (…) a neutral state actively pursuing peace, security and social progress among all nations by adhering to a policy of non-alignment and refusing to participate in any military alliance.

Though small in size, Malta actively pursues forms of multilateral collaboration, regional and global, aimed at conflict prevention through confidence-building measures, and the enhancement of human development through economic and social progress. Though distant and apart from one another, their distinct cultural characteristics, the familial bonds, and the common interest to further progress, has led their respective governments to collaborate in a friendly manner.

Minister for Foreign Affairs George Vella, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey Reha Keskintepe, and High Commissioner of Australia Julienne Patricia Hince, were in attendance.

The art exhibition consists of paintings by Mr Raymond Agius, a Maltese and Australian citizen, and Mr. Hikmet Cetinkaya, a Turkish citizen. The general public is invited to call at the foyer of the House of Representatives, Parliament of Malta, to view the exhibition up to Sunday, 30 April 2017, from 09.00h to 17.00h during weekdays, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 09.00hrs to 12.30hrs.

Source: Government of Malta