Turkey to stage Kurdish play in southeastern theatre

A state theatre in Turkey will stage a play partly in the Kurdish language for the first time, state media said part of goverment's Kurdish initiative.

Turkey to stage Kurdish play in southeastern theatre


A state theatre in Turkey will stage a play partly in the Kurdish language for the first time, state media said on Monday part of goverment's Kurdish initiative.

In first day of Eid Al-Fitr, Turkish state TV broadcast live Kurdish sermon during in a mosque in the mainly Kurdish city of Turkey in another move within Kurdish opening.

The play, called "Living Death" about "honour killings" of women, will be performed on Oct. 1 in Diyarbakir, the largest city in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey, Anatolian news service said.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has said he will expand the political and cultural rights of Kurds under a government-backed initiative to expand rights of Kurdish population and end a 25-year armed conflict with PKK separatist militants.

The Kurdish language, which is related to Persian, was banned in Turkey until 1991. It is spoken by the Kurds who make up about 17 percent of Turkey's population of 71 million, Reuters said.

Earlier this year, state broadcaster TRT launched a Kurdish-language television station. Other government moves to ease restrictions on Kurdish include allowing state-run mosques to preach sermons in Kurdish.

The EU has said Turkey must improve the cultural and political rights of its minorities.

Erdogan's government hopes broadening Kurdish rights will help end the conflict with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). More than 40,000 people, mainly Kurds, have died since the PKK took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984.

"Democratic opening"

Turkish Premier Erdogan recently announced that his government initiated a move to deal with the Kurdish issue and the Ministry of Interior was assigned with the coordination of this task.

As a first step, Interior Minister Atalay held a press conference to inform the public about the government's "democratic move" to address the so-called "Kurdish Issue". Atalay made clear that this was a process where measures would be shaped along the way through consensus of all state organs and all components of the society. Atalay said they would visit all political parties to ask for their contribution and support.

He later met with a group of journalists at a workshop titled "Solution of the Kurdish Issue: Towards a Turkey Model".

Atalay, so far, visited several political parties and non-governmental organitazions.

Agencies

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