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Capital of Hatay

Reader comment on item: Is the Hatay/Alexandretta Problem Solved?
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Submitted by Tim Lock (Saudi Arabia), Sep 29, 2011 at 17:00

One missing point, yes the majority of Hatay population is Arabic speakers. However, Turkey was not a part of the Ottoman Empire, it was the Empire which lost and regained part of Sham province by reclaiming Hatay.

Whatever Syrian establishment say, Turks are confortable enough to confront it however, as the Hatay population is not and will not be interested in Syria, except the pity and sympathy towards their bretherns debacle.

In any case Turkey wishes to unite with Syria and Syrians socially and economically and may be one day within A Schengen-type border regime. Syrians are welcome in Hatay and all over Turkey.The Hatay issue is irrelevant and has already gone down into the dustbin of history.

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