Kurdish language service a result of post-2002 democratic moves: AA president

14.9.2013 – Kurdpress – We launched the Kurdish service of Anatolia news agency (AA) in line with the democratic moves that has began in Turkey since 2002, the agency’s President Kemal Ozturk told Kurdpress in an exclusive interview.

Ozturk stressed the agency has run its Kurdish service, in two Kurmanji and Sorani dialects, to help solving Kurdish problem in the country and move forward the democratic step taken in this regard. He added Mardin Artuklu University and Mus Alp Arsalan University Kurdish professors have helped the agency to educate its Kurdish staff, mostly of them living in Istanbul, Diyarbakir, Mardin and Erbil.

The Anatolia news agency President added to Kurdpress that the agency aims to be one of world’s top five news agencies till 2020, the AA’s centenary. We release our reports in 6 languages of Turkish, English, Arabic, Bosnian, Russian and Kurdish (in two dialects) but plan to increase them into 11 languages, Ozturk went on to say, voicing his hope to add Persian as one of 6 remaining languages.