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(POL) MINISTER SAYS TURKEY CAN NOT BE DIVIDED.

ISTANBUL, Aug 27, 2009 (TUR) -- In response to recent controversies over government's democratic move, a Turkish minister said, "no one can support a project that could harm Turkey's unitary structure."

Industry and Trade Minister Nihat Ergun lashed out at efforts to fuel concerns that "Turkey would be divided".

"Turkey can not be divided. Federation can not be achieved in Turkey. Demands regarding an autonomous region can not become a reality," Ergun told a meeting on Wednesday.

"There can be people having problems because of ethnic and religious reasons. But a political representation mechanism would not be a key to resolution of such problems," Ergun said.

Ergun also said that Turkey's official language can not be a matter of discussion.

"Turkish is the official language in Turkey. All state activities are and will be made in this language," he said. "People should be able to speak their native language freely. But declaring a second official language is not the way to secure such a freedom."

Ergun said solution to Turkey's problems could only be found in liberal unitary state and he added, "we want to make it happen."

He said all these are Turkey's red lines beyond question.

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