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Muchas personalidades, de todas las nacionalidades y de todas las confesiones, han sido acogidas en el Consejo de Europa. Estos hombres y estas mujeres que han sido portadores de proyectos políticos, sociales o culturales ilustran la dinámica y los valores que, desde los años 50, dirigen las labores del Consejo de Europa.

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Bülent Ecevit [1925 - 2006]

Primer Ministro de Turquía

10 de mayo de 1979

quote 1Nuestra pertenencia al Consejo es la que nos ha impedido con frecuencia desviarnosquote 2

Su discurso: [versión original]

...The main safeguard of democracy in Turkey as in any other democratic country is inevitably the people's attachment to democracy and freedom. But there had been times where our membership in the Council has served as a compass that helped to prevent us from losing our barings. Particularly during the last three decades Turkey has been passing through a period of rapid but at the same time rather disorderly and unbalanced economic development. More recently, the constraints that came with the World economic crisis of the seventies, has had certain shock effects on the economy and the society.

Then, of course, there has been this great migration of the unemployed and the underemployed, particularly from rural areas and from the neglected parts of Turkey, to the highly developed countries of the West. People were transplanted over night from the distant villages of Anatolia, from villages cut off from the rest of the world, to the highly industrialised and sophisticated centres of the Western world. While they did not loose much time in adapting themselves to these new and completely different surroundings and ways of life and culture, they maintained close ties with their villages and towns in Turkey...