World Bulletin / News Desk
An opposition deputy has asked the government about reported plans by neighboring Greece to shut down 35 Turkish primary schools in Western Thrace as part of its austerity measures and reforms in education.
Republican People's Party (CHP) Bursa deputy Onur Öymen submitted a question in Parliament to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, asking what measures the government is planning to take as Turkish schools face possible closure, news reports said on Wednesday.
The Turkish media reported last week that Greek authorities have decided to close down 35 of 57 primary schools in the Western Thrace region, home to Greece's Turkish minority. The Turkish community has expressed concern over the decision.
The Turkish Education Ministry released a statement saying the decision was a disappointment as Greek authorities did not consult with the Turkish community over the closure of the schools.
Öymen asked Davutoğlu what kind of initiatives the government has undertaken against the Greek decision which he said is "against the spirit and language of the Lausanne Treaty."
The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, one of the founding treaties of the Turkish Republic, obligates Turkey and Greece to grant and respect a broad array of rights for the Greek minority of İstanbul and the Turkish minority of Western Thrace. Such rights include equality before the law, free exercise of religion, free use of its own language, including in primary schools, and control over their own religious affairs.
The CHP deputy asked what Turkish government is planning to do if Greece does not rescind its decision.
Do not let FETO terrorist group poison African countries' ties with Turkey, says Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz
2 leaders discuss controversial planned referendum by Kurdish Regional Government a week from now
Turkish CHP’s deputy chairman says government should give deadline to Kurdish Regional Government to cancel referendum
Current reform agenda pushed by Washington 'not what we understand from the word 'reform'', Turkish president says
Soldier also martyred during anti-PKK operation in southeastern Mardin province
BIST 100 index rises 0.26 pct while US dollar/Turkish lira rate stands over 3.44
Number of new businesses increases by almost 50 percent compared to same month last year, according to latest figures
Ceremonies held at assemblies in 70,000 schools on 1st day of term
80 tracked military vehicles, including tanks sent to border near southern Hatay’s Iskenderun district: military source
Operations target PKK in Hakkari and Siirt provinces
President warns Iraqi regional government against holding referendum, says Ankara and Baghdad are looking in same direction
The foreign ministry condemns Germany for allowing pro-PKK demonstration in Cologne
Emine Erdogan urges wives of world leaders to contribute positively towards helping Rohignya Muslims facing persecution
Yalova University Rector Ali Erbas will replace Mehmet Gormez
KRG’s independence referendum is 'a matter of national security' for Turkey, PM Binali Yildirim says
Menderes was Turkey’s 9th prime minister who was executed following bloody coup in 1960