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    Aydın denies claims about damage to Gelibolu graves in roadwork

    Hürriyet Haber
    15.03.2005 - 14:22 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkish State Minister Mehmet Aydin has rejected claims that unmarked graves of soldiers were damaged during the improvement of the coastal road on the Anzac Cove on the Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Peninsula.Speaking to reporters, Aydin, who is currently in Australia, asked ustralia to show proof for those allegations, and said, ''in case these claims are proven, I will help a deep investigation into this matter.''

    ''We don't have any intention like damaging the Anzac Cove. Turkish soldiers died to defend their country as well as Australian soldiers and soldiers of other allied countries,'' Aydin added.

    The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli on April 25th, 1915, as part of a British-led force trying to capture the Canakkale (Dardanelles) Strait from the Ottomans and open up a sea route to Russian allies.

    The Allied forces left eight months later after fierce fighting on he peninsula leaving heavy Turkish, Australian, New Zealander, British, French and Indian casualties.

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