Thursday, May 13, 2010

Turkey: Turkish PM issues decree on dealing with minorities

FOCUS Information Agency - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a decree, ordering state officials and civil servants to avoid raising any difficulties in their formal dealings with minority members in Turkey, The Anatolian Agency reports.

Erdogan has said in his decree that despite efforts exerted for democratization and for improvement in issues regarding the minorities in Turkey over the last years, problems could not solved entirely due to setbacks in the implementation process.

Erdogan has ordered prompt action in issues such as the protection and the maintenance of minority cemeteries, implementation in land registry offices of court orders in favor of minority foundations and swift legal action on publications inciting hatred against non-Muslim communities.

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