Turkish PM replies to peace message of 9-year-old German girl

11:38, March 31, 2010      

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday wrote back to a 9-year-old girl in Germany who had sent a "White Peace Pigeon" bibelot and a peace message to him through visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish media reported.

In the letter, Erdogan praised the girl for contributing to peace efforts, promising to deliver the white pigeon to students in the Turkish city of Istanbul to spread peace message, the semi- official Anatolia news agency reported.

"Your white pigeon has passed through the mountains, rivers and seas and reached me through German Chancellor Merkel. I was very pleased to get it," Erdogan was quoted of writing in the letter.

"Turkey exerts extreme efforts to end all clashes in the region and the world ... We are at the same time in a sincere effort to prevent spread of nuclear weapons, prevent climate changes and remove prejudices among different cultures and civilizations," he said.

Merkel presented the gift and message from Lara, a student at the school of Katharinenschule in Germany's Unna city, when meeting Erdogan during her visit to Ankara on Monday.

In her message, Lara said the pigeon is a symbol of peace and part of the peace movement of several elementary schools in Germany, Turkey and Hungary.

"After looking at the pigeon for several days, please send it to another person or establishment so as to continue world peace .. . this way, we can follow the 'peace path' of the pigeon," said Lara.

Merkel arrived in Turkey on Monday for a two-day visit.

Source: Xinhua
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