Turkey's Circassians change old village names before Kurds

While Kurds continue to debate the names of some place names under democratic opening, Circassians changed the old names of their village already.

Turkey's Circassians change old village names before Kurds


World Bulletin / News Desk

While Kurds continue to debate to change the names of some place names in the context of democratic opening, Circassians changed the old names of their village already.

According to Turkish news channel Haberturk, Circassians who live in Carsamba of Samsun, changed the name of the Ignelik neighborhood in Celikkoy to Adige Hable.

Adige Hable is the former name of the Circassian village and means 'the area inhabited by Circassians.'

Adige Hable's chief said "our only fight is a fight for bread" and tried to emphasize their action is not politically motivated.

Discussion of place names is the result of changes in many Kurdish names of eastern and southeastern places during the Republican period.

Democratic opening

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

Erdogan, who has given few details on the measures and their timeframe, is seeking public, military and parliamentary support for his "democratic opening", aimed at persuading PKK rebels to lay down arms and end an insurgency that has killed some 40,000 people.

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.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Eylül 2009, 16:27
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Sherhad Mazouri
Sherhad Mazouri - 12 yıl Önce

As it was mentioned in this news, these changes are associated with the debate the Kurdish issue is incurring, nevertheless Turkish state was never as phobic towards others as it is towards Kurds,Therefore I believe all of other minorities will gain their rights in Turkey before Turkey reaches to a democratic point where it will grant Kurds their true and legitimate rights.Kurds are always the power behind the change even in Iraq but they are the last to get their rights as these countries are so Kurd-phobic.