The Turkish Republic
was founded in the early 20th century. In the 1950s the
country started showing major signs of democratic
improvement. At the beginning of the 21st century
visionary leadership took the country into the fast track
for major developments.
The Turkish Nation
with its long history and deep-rooted ancestry will
contribute to the developments in the next millennium for
a more civilized and peaceful world.
Istanbul has been
one the precious centers of civilization throughout the
history of mankind. We must protect and preserve this
great center of culture and knowledge from many threats,
both natural and man-made. To ensure that this heritage
lives forever, we must construct a new city in an area
adjacent to the existing metropolis with a lower risk of
an earthquake impact. This city must be modern, must fully
display our culture and must be unyielding in the face of
earthquakes, tsunami and other natural threats. This city
must be like an ever-shining star for the whole region.
Our new city must
serve as an example for other planned cities around the
country. These new cities will become sources for
education, employment and production.
This new model city
will bring in a sustainable, healthy and peaceful growth.
We are willing to undertake this responsibility of
building such cities to serve our nation, history and
belief. We hope this effort will constitute a new
beginning for the good of our nation.