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Submitted by Servet Cevik (Turkey), Aug 7, 2013 at 20:17

dear shishir

1. my wife is kurdish. i have a son and a daughter. we gave them both a turkish name and a kurdish name. boy yiğit baran çevik and daughter ada zelal çevik. i supported my children to learn both languages and they speak both at home and out. besides coming from a sunni islam background family my wife is from a alevi background but we both do not believe in any religion or god.

2. on many other web sites i have many writings that i support Turkish and Armenian relations rehabilitation and I have signed many petitions for restoration of Armenian churches in Turkey and opening of borders for Armenian citizens and I have supported Armenians being able to come to Turkey without visas, reside in Turkey and purchase land and property here in Turkey and resettle in Turkey if they wish to do so. I have great respect and love for Armenian people and their contribution to our art and culture. Where on earth did you get the idea that i am never speaking of Armenians. I totally support cultural diversity and multiculturalism. Besides I am never ever silent on issues of human rights. I told you I keep side on humantiy. Not on "my nation" or "my government"

Similarly I have great respect for Greeks and Assyrians who were indigenous populations of Anatolia. I am also a great admirer of the Israeli nation and truly celebrate their creating a modern and developed society and country inside a plain desert. I admire the Jewish peoples contribution to Arts and Sciences all along history.

3. Of course we were an imperial power. I never denied that. Where did you get this idea?

4. Check your facts. "Attacking on unarmed Israeli soldiers" !!!???

5. Please come and have a visit in Turkey. You will be surprised that it is not the country you created in your imagination. Have some cold beer watching the Bosphorus and watch a Galatasaray match in the evening. Eat some of the nicest kebaps and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and clear sea on blue flag shores.

6. Tayyip Erdogan is supported by nearly 50% of the voters. (attendance to the elections is around 70%) which makes his vote actually around 35% of all eligible to vote. Among this 35% some are "purchased votes" bribing poor and uneducated people with coal and macaroni. Some are votes who are pleased with AKP's relatively successfull economic management but not really very much favoring AKP's agenda on cultural and religious matters and yes some are AKP's real own votes. I assume and hope to be around 10-15% of all votes.

7. For your information Turkey is not "all Erdoğan"

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Thats why we want to get in to EU. To secure our freedom against Jihadists.

Servet Cevik

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