Şentop’s message is as follows:
“Today marks the 100th Anniversary of Sivas Congress which is considered as one of the brightest pages of our nation’s glorious history when a total resistance line was built where full will of freedom met with the nation who regards raising the spirit of national struggle against occupation and acquisition threats as its primary duty.
100 years ago, guidelines of the War of Independence were determined at Sivas Congress which convened with selected representatives aiming national will, where it was decided that there would be resistance against occupation, mandate and patronage were never to be accepted and the country would be defended against all the challenges and poverty. That is why Sivas Congress is one of the milestones of the War of Independence.
Our august Assembly, which enabled our nation to gain its independence by coalescing and then established our Republic and which was built by our nation’s own spirit, was built through the efforts of patriots who were united at Sivas Congress with a common spirit and patriotism.
On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Sivas Congress, once again, I remember with respect and gratitude firstly Ghazi Mustafa Kemal and all our heroes; and I salute the people of Sivas who had hosted the Congress and all our fellow citizens with respect and honor”.