Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Thursday that he hoped the broadcasts of TRT's new channel "TRT 6" (Kurdish TV) would strengthen the unity and solidarity of the Turkish nation.
Turkey's state-run radio and television network TRT's new TV channel TRT 6 started broadcasting officially on Thursday. The first program of the channel was broadcast from Ankara's "Ari Studio".
During the program, congratulatory messages released by President Abdullah Gul and Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan upon the inauguration of the channel were broadcast as well.
In his message, Gul said that he appreciated TRT's broadcasting in different languages and dialects used within the Turkish public.
"All the people will see that everyone is the owner, as well as a proud and equal citizen of this country. Everyone can express his/her own culture and differences in a nice way," Gul also said.
Premier Erdogan said in his message that TRT 6's inauguration was a quite important move.
"This is a step that will strengthen our unity and integrity and deepen our democracy," he said.
"All our citizens have equal rights and freedoms. Democracy is a wide circle in which all the people have the right and opportunity to express themselves," he also said.
Noting that people might have different ethnic origins, beliefs or lifestyles, Erdogan said there was no need to be afraid of such differences.
"We have stronger and more number of common ties. Seeing and living our differences as a richness will not drive us away from each other, on the contrary, it will bring us closer," he said.
Delivering a speech during the ceremony held in Ari Studio on the occasion of TRT 6's inauguration, Turkish State Minister Mehmet Simsek said that there had been a remarkable improvement regarding fundamental rights and freedoms and significant steps were taken for the formation of a more democratic society in Turkey in recent years.
Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay said in his part that the launching of TRT 6 was the fulfillment of a basic right and duty needed by Turkey for quite a long time with respect to the principle of pluralistic democracy.
During the ceremony, TRT's Director General Ibrahim Sahin said that TRT would soon start activities to launch new TV channels that would broadcast in Arabic, Persian and English.
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