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Meaning of the NRDC-T Amblem

The bay leaves:Frame the amblem.It is the symbol of peace. The tree stars,Turkish and NATO Flags: are self explanatory. The bridge symbolizes the geopolitical disposition of Turkey being a connection between Europe and Asia as well as a bridge between East and West,Christianity,Islam and Judaism,transition from war to peace,connection between NATO and it’s various initiatives such as PFP and MED dialogue. The castles on either side of the Istanbul strait symbolize strength,endurance and trustworthiness. The pigeon is the symbol of peace. The branch in the pigeons beak is to offer closer ties and friendship. Peace at home,peace in the world:The famous motto of Atatürk,which summarizes Turkish foreign policy.