The Turkish American community mourns the passing of Rep. Donald M. Payne‏

Representative Donald M. Payne 1934-2012

The Turkish American community mourns the passing of Representative Donald M. Payne of New Jersey. The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) and the Federation of Turkish American Associations (FTAA) recently met with Representative Payne, who expressed his support for our stand on the self determination of Turkish Cypriots.

He commended the Turkish Embassy for supporting Black Americans in times of segregation.

He praised Turkey’s efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in Gaza.

And, he extolled ATAA and FTAA for maintaining strong dialogue between Turkish and Jewish Americans and helping to strengthen relations between Israel and Turkey, “two strong, western democracies in a tough region”.

We offer our sincere condolences to Representative Payne’s loved ones.