Turkey is ending 2010 amidst debates on bilingualism and autonomy for Kurds. It has been a year during which Turkey?s long-standing Kurdish problem, with its various aspects, continued to be discussed, although a government initiative to resolve the problem seems to have slowed down.
The provincial branch heads of the ruling AKP and the opposition parties express contrversial expectations from President’s visit to central southeastern Kurdis city of Diyarbakır. Gül’s visit coincided with heated controversy on Kurdish demands of autonomy and bilingual life, sharply criticized by the government and military.
Turkey is about to enter an election year. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) starts the race in pole position as it seeks a third popular mandate. But the revamped Republican People?s Party (CHP) is expected to offer more of a challenge, particularly when it comes to attracting the votes of middle class female voters.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul sent out messages of unity during his trip to the Turkey?s southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
President Abdullah Gul said, “Turkish is and will be the official language of the Republic of Turkey. Also, Turkish is the language of the state and public institutions and our common language and added, ?We will remove terrorism and gun from Turkey?s agenda. ”
The democratic autonomy workshop held by the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), known to be close to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), in Diyarbakır some 10 days ago spurted out a project titled the ?Draft Model for Democratic Autonomy? with the advertised intention of eventually establishing a ?democratic autonomous Kurdistan.?
from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
President Gül emphasizes unity on a trip to Southeast Anatolia while stressing that the diversity of Turkey should not be perceived as a threat. But his visit to the Diyarbakır mayor’s office is criticized by the country?s main nationalist party because of the bilingual signs in the building
What kind of a year has 2010 been to which we will are bidding farewell? In 2010, the traces of some events and new trends in a wide range of areas from the economy to politics have acquired greater visibility.