Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Turkish court decided to remove Kurdish names from road signs

09 November 2010

Turkish State Council decided to remove Kurdish names of the villages in Diyarbakır from the road signs.

Kurdish names of the villages and towns were added to road signs with the decision of Diyarbakir Cıty Council last year.

But the Diyarbakir directorate objected the decision and appealed the State Council.

Turkish State Council yesterday decided to remove all the road signs which includes Kurdish names of the villages and towns.

The Council's statement said that the road signs with the Kurdish names would cause problems for services like post and transport.

In Kurdish region names of all towns and cities were changed after creation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

Kurdish mayors from Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) started an initiative and added Kurdish names of towns and villages to road signs.

Last year Turkish president called Guroymak district of Bitlis in its name in Kurdish, Norsin. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the name “Dersim” in a speech at the Turkish Parliament referring traditional name of Tunceli.