Speaking Kurdish was banned in Turkey until 1991.
Prodded by the European Union, which has been pressing Turkey to strengthen Kurdish rights, the country has allowed private language schools to teach Kurdish, and some Kurdish-language radio and TV to operate. In January, the government launched a 24-hour state-run Kurdish television station.
In a gesture to the minority Kurds, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also uttered a few words in Kurdish on the day the station was launched.
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Friday, September 11, 2009
This is a huge step towards normalizing relations between the Turks and Kurds. If they come to a peace, it is good for us as well since we could then totally back the Kurds in Iraq without angering our NATO ally Turkey...