Turkish president visits southeast to ease tensions

09:08, December 31, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul visited the predominantly Kurdish city Diyarbakir in the southeast on Thursday in order to ease recent tensions stemming from opposition to Kurdish demands for bilingualism and autonomy.

"We should work together in a constructive, positive manner in order to solidify our country," Gul told reporters in Diyarbakir.

He said the official language of Turkey is Turkish while embracing Kurdish as a "cultural heritage" of the country, noting that he was proud of different elements in the nation.

Gul's visit came amid a heated discussion over Kurdish politicians' autonomous demands, which came up two weeks ago with a draft study of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), an umbrella organization for many pro-Kurdish politicians in Turkey.

The draft text, which was prepared for a potential new constitution in 2011, envisages Kurdish as a second official language, local parliaments for Kurds and a separate flag within the model of "democratic autonomy."


【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Focus On China
  • Shanghai World Expo 2010
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Musical play "Love U, Teresa!" makes debut in Hong Kong
  • Turkey to bury 2000-year-old town to make way for dam
  • Steel factory Shougang Group closes last furnaces in old compound
  • Germany in coldest December in 40 years
  • The 10 Best Things to Do in 2011
  • Artificial snow adorns Beijing Olympic Park ski slopes
Hot Forum Dicussion