Kohl defends 30-year old plan to halve Germany's Turk population

According to a statement from Kohl's office, his expression for reducing the number of Turks living in Germany by 50 percent was part of the discussion 30 years ago about the policy for foreigners.

Kohl defends 30-year old plan to halve Germany's Turk population

World Bulletin/News Desk

Germany's former Chancellor Helmut Kohl backed his old plan which was kept secret for 30 years about reducing the number of Turks living in Germany by 50 percent.

According to a statement from Kohl's office, his expression for reducing the number of Turks living in Germany by 50 percent was part of the discussion 30 years ago about the policy for foreigners.

According to the Spiegel online report, "Chancellor Kohl said that it would be necessary over the next four years to reduce the number of Turks by 50 percent but he could not say that publicly".

The report quoted Kohl as saying "It would be impossible for Germany to assimilate the current number of Turks".

"For three decades, the records of the 1982 and 1983 meetings between Kohl and Thatcher have been sealed, inaccessible to ordinary people. But now that the period of confidentiality has expired, the British National Archives has made them available to the public," Spiegel online highlighted.

The report stated that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and newly elected Kohl met in Bonn in 1982, and Kohl told her of his plan to "reduce the number of Turks in Germany by 50 percent."

Spiegel online said, "Kohl had told Thatcher that West Germany wanted to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Turks".

Unsealed confidential British documents reveal that in 1982, Kohl had tried to carry out a radical plan. He had wanted to reduce the number of Turks living in Germany by 50 percent within four years.

"By 1982, around 1.5 million Turks were estimated to live in Germany".

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