Sunday, January 07, 2007

Will Turkey shoot itself in the foot?(again)

The Sur district council of the southeastern city of Diyarbakir has decided to offer council services in both Turkish and Kurdish. Nothing out of the ordinary in such a decision you might think. After all, 24 percent of the local residents speak Turkish, while 72 percent speak Kurdish as a first language. The local mayor has said that: "Both Turkish and Kurdish have been used in the municipality before. In order to give a better service we'll give Kurdish, Turkish, English, Armenian and Assyrian courses to council personnel". The mayor is now under investigation by the Turkish Interior Ministry. Source.
In 2004, our beloved PM/foreign policy genius, Mr Blair, said the following about Turkey’s EU candidacy:
“…I have talked to Prime Minister Erdogan about his reform programme and his vision for Turkey. I have no doubt he is serious about reform. He has shown enormous political courage in stepping up the pace of change in Turkey…” Source.

Perhaps, Tony might need to think again...

5 comments:

Colin said...

Instanbultory,

Congratulations for the new design of your blog!

istanbultory said...

Thank you Colin. I haven't seen much of you in the blogosphere recently.

James said...

Come, let's dream for a minute. Take the Welsh, those fine people who live on the other side of the Severn. They live relatively happily with their Welsh television stations, their bilingual road signs, their compulsory Welsh classes in schools. How far-fetched is it to dream the same can happen in Diyarbakır and southeastern Turkey? The Kurds of Turkey, like the Welsh of Britain?

Sigh...

Ellee said...

Is it trying to ingratiate itself for renewed talks with the EU?

Serf said...

How far-fetched is it to dream the same can happen in Diyarbakır and southeastern Turkey? The Kurds of Turkey, like the Welsh of Britain?

Thats a little harsh on the Kurds....

Seriously though, as someone who went to University in Wales, I have long thought that Turkey is missing a trick.

The Welsh City dwellers tend to resent the Welsh language and regard it as suitable for the hill billies. This is largely due to enforce Welsh Language education.

So Turkish Nationalists should support Kurdish education.