13 June 2012 /AHMET TAŞGETIREN BUGÜN
On June 12, the government announced that Kurdish will be offered as an elective language course at schools, provided there is a sufficient number of students interested in taking the course.
This decision undoubtedly marks the beginning of a new era in the history of Turkey. No matter what anyone says, this latest move is part of the measures taken by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government toward the resolution of the country’s most pressing problem. The Kurdish issue is a critical one. It has claimed the lives of thousands of people over the years, since the foundation of the republic. Now the compassion of the state has become tangible. The atmosphere of terror that developed following 1984 led to terrible consequences. No family escaped the painful consequences of this conflict in the Southeast and every part of the country. This pain needs to be ended so that Turkey can heal its wounds.