Damascus, SANA – 79 years have passed since usurping Liwa Iskenderun from its homeland Syria. A crime whose perpetrators rely on the statues of limitations to escape punishment and to go ahead with their Turkification policies to turkishize the region and its villages which cover 4500 km2 and have population of 1 million and more, most of them are Syrians.
Despite the elapse of 79 years after the usurpation of Liwa Iskenderun from its motherland Syria by Turkey, it still lives in the hearts and minds of all Syrians as an occupied Arab land which will inevitably return to its legitimate owners.
Changing the names of villages and their demographic features, the displacement of Arab inhabitants, replacing Syrian currency with Turkish Lira as an official currency and halting education and government transactions in Arabic were among other racist measures taken by the Turkish regime.
The Turkish occupation and its allies (i.e Britain and France) in the separation of Liwa Iskenderun and its subsequent annexation to Turkey are determined to remind the Syrian generations of their hostile nature that is mainly based on non-respect of the international laws and the justification of all criminal acts against the peoples in service of their interests. A fact that has been clearly shown in their stances towards what is taking place in Syria, the support they have been providing to terrorist groups as well as the illegal presence of their troops on the Syrian territory.
People of Liwa Iskenderun were among the first to warn against Erdogan’s greedy ambitions in Syria which are inseparable from those of his Ottoman predecessors.
All artificial borders and barbed wire fences could not shake the loyalty of Liwa Iskenderun inhabitants or change their feeling of belonging. Liwa Iskenderun still lives in the hearts and minds of all Syrians as an occupied Arab land which will inevitably return to its legitimate owners, given that “a right is never lost, as long as someone strives to claim it.”
R. Raslan/ Ghossoun