AN HISTORIC LETTER TO THE QUEEN
The lawyer Remzi Kazmaz has been struggling for the return of the Mausoleum monument statues and ruins in Bodrum which had been made by the King Mausolos for the love of his wife Artemisia has written a letter to the Queen Elizabeth II. The second letter which has been written after the author Halikarnas Balıkçısı has been given to the English authorities at “Bodrum Wants Its History Back” panel in Bodrum on Valentine’s Day February 14th.
THE OTTOMAN EDICT IS ONLY FOR EXCAVATION
The letter has been written as a response to the British ambassador David Reddaway who had written a letter before the trial to be opened for the first time to the European Court of Human Rights on the grounds that an art piece brought from one country to another should be returned to the country where it belongs and includes the new historical information. Kazmaz maintained no documents indicating artefacts discovered at the excavations based upon Ottoman edicts could be brought to abroad had been found in the archives and added, “The edicts arranged for excavations in the UK in 1846, 1857 and 1859 are not edicts indicating historical and cultural values found at these excavations could be taken to abroad. No evidences confirming this has been found so far. Although Turkey seems as the modern Ottoman Empire, it is an independent country now. We all know that this edict does not bind Turkish Republic as it had been prepared by the imperialists in that time.”
QUEEN INVITED TO THE ANATOLIA
Kazmaz invited the Queen Elizabeth II to visit Anatolia which is the crossroads of many civilizations and where several legendary loves had been lived. The emotional letter ends this way: “The progress of humanity and civilizations begin not in Greece and Rome as told in history books but in Anatolia. Mausoleum and Artemisia, which are the two world wonders, are in this country. The most glorious excavation of the world carries on at Şanlıurfa Göbeklitepe. These active lands had embraced many civilizations; this place is the mother of mythology, history and art. The golden cities welcoming Amazons, Ions, Lydians, Persians, Macedonians, Byzantines, Ottomans and many other civilizations are still alive. Priene, the land of philosophers, Mylasa, the land of lights and abundance, Didyama, the home of Apollo and prophets, Ephesus, the home of the Mother Mary, Halikarnas, the capital city of Karia… Bodrum is an antique town having the temple which had immortalized the love of Artemisia and Mausolos and one of the Seven Wonders of the World now. I hope we visit and see Anatolia, the crossroads of many civilizations, together one day. We hope the Temple of Love will be free and return to its own country from exile.”
WE ARE READY FOR COOPERATION
Kazmaz explained they gave great importance to the cooperation mentioned by the Ambassador Reddaway in his letter and the case at the European Court of Human Rights had been postponed for now: “They had replied to the letter written by the author Halikarnas Balıkçısı (Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı) in a sarcastic way. We believe we will receive a more meaningful answer to our letter at this point. We are open for any cooperation suggestions with the authorities of the British Museum and Turkey with the suggestions and knowledge of the Ambassador Reddaway. (iha)