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Turkish PM apologises over 1930s killings of Kurds

11-24-2011 16:53 BJT

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Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has apologised for the first time for the killings of nearly 14-thousand people in a bombing campaign to crush a Kurdish rebellion in the 1930s.

The apology on Wednesday came after a war of words between Erdogan and the leader of the main opposition party. Turkey is also under pressure to acknowledge other dark pages in its history, including the mass killings of Armenians in 1915, a special wealth tax imposed on Jews in the 1940s and attacks on its Greek minority in 1955.

Nearly 14,000 people were killed in the southeastern town of Dersim, now known as Tunceli, between 1936 and 1939.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: CNTV.CN

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