By Faruk Zorlu


Turkey welcomed Tuesday a move by Australia to reopen an investigation into the 1980 murder of two Turkish diplomats by an Armenian terrorist cell.

“This decision, giving hope, even though late, that justice will be ensured may reduce the pain of the relatives of the Turkish martyrs to some extent,” the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

On Dec. 17, 1980, at 9.45 a.m. local time, Turkish Consul General Sarik Ariyak and security attaché Engin Sever were shot outside Ariyak’s home on Portland Street in Sydney by two Armenian terrorists.

While Ariyak was martyred at

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