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Volume 8, Number 1
September 25, 2001

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Bilkent Condemns Attack on the US

   The day after the terrible tragedies in the United States, Bilkent University Senate convened on September 12 and expressed the sentiments and the sorrow of the Bilkent University community in the following declaration:

Declaration of Bilkent University Senate
   Bilkent University Senate, on behalf of the whole of the Bilkent University community, condemns the abhorrent attacks which have taken place against the United States of America and its people.
These barbarian attacks are an attempt to destroy individual freedom in the free world, and to undermine the principles on which progress, development and tolerance are founded.
We wish to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to all those affected by this terrible tragedy. As an institution we have a deep and long-standing friendship with many sister institutions, fellow academics and friends in the United States and we share with the whole nation their outrage and sorrow in the aftermath of this heinous crime.
We remain committed to the principles of justice, tolerance, and freedom, and reiterate our solidarity with all those who continue to strive against the darkness which engulfed the world yesterday.

   Bilkent News interviewed University Senate Member Prof. Bülent Bozkurt who stated that "In these difficult times we are hand in hand with our American friends. Most of Bilkent University’s professors received their graduate education in the US, enjoying the benefits and joy of living in an open society. Ideals of freedom and democracy have to prevail. Bilkent ideals for freedom and democracy require that we stand firm in our support for peace in the world."

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