[lg policy] Turkey: Kurdish Studies Approved

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 11 16:55:49 UTC 2009

September 11, 2009
World Briefing | Europe

Turkey: Kurdish Studies Approved


Turkey’s ethnic Kurds will be able to study their language at a
Turkish university. The country’s Higher Education Board on Thursday
approved Kurdish language studies at Mardin Artuklu University, in the
mostly Kurdish southeast. The university’s application was approved in
the wake of renewed government efforts to resolve a quarter-century of
armed separatist conflict through democratic means. The language had
long been officially banned among the almost 12 million Kurds in
Turkey, but was partially recognized after Parliament approved a
public television network and private language courses in Kurdish last


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