Turkish Olympiad winner Nyeon Kwon of South Korea has given her medal and award worth TL 1,500 to a Turkish veteran of the Korean War, in a unique demonstration of loyalty, according to a Bugün report published on Sunday.
|Turkish Olympiad winner Nyeon Kwon of South Korea |
presents veteran Ali Batman with her gold medal
Batman then pinned a badge of the Turkish Republic’s founder and first president Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on Kwon. “We shared bread with South Korean children. Now those children have grown and explained our struggle to their children,” Batman said. “Through the Korean War we have become blood brothers,” he added.
The first hot conflict of the Cold War, the Korean War took place between North and South Korea in 1950-53. Desiring to enter NATO, Turkey sent a brigade of 5,500 troops to Korea under the command of Brig. Gen. Tahsin Yazıcı. The Korean War greatly improved relations between South Korea and Turkey, which still have great respect for one another.
Published on Today's Zaman, 03 July 2011, Sunday