Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Turkey will stay secular

"On the 70th year of secularism becoming part of the Turkish Constitution, Turkish politicians gave a message to the world: Turkey is secular and will remain so."

“The Turkish people have internalized secularism. The nation is the sole guardian of this principle,” said the prime minister. He reiterated that today Turkey saw and understood the importance of secularism as a guarantee of freedom for different beliefs and lifestyles."

"However, Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer warned that though secularism was the guarantee of all freedoms, including freedom of belief, it was more than that."

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