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Bülent Ecevit [1925 - 2006]
Primo Ministro turco
10 maggio 1979
Our membership in the Council has served as a compass that helped to prevent us from losing our barings
...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...