Turkish Democratic Party of Kosovo deputy Enes Kervan stated that the Turkish flag should be displayed in schools where Turkish education is offered in Kosovo, especially in Prizren, at the assembly session.
In his speech, Karavan made the following statements:
“I have considered today to reaffirm that we all live together in a multi-ethnic, multicultural and multilingual Kosovo.
In the municipalities where communities live in Kosovo, education takes place in our languages.
In particular, I would like to talk about the schools in the municipality of Prizren where the Turkish language is taught today. Unfortunately, some of the grievances that began in municipal council halls continue in other institutions, and this situation continues in schools today. This also makes us very sad.
I don’t want to give out the names of the schools today. We all live together as brothers and will continue to live as such. Our brothers, who are the majority, have always supported us, and we will continue to support them. We will continue to support their symbols by respecting their flags, no problem here.
However, we want the same care and respect for us, especially in the schools where Turkish education is offered. While five different flags are hung in some schools, the flags of the European Union and NATO are hung among others. However, the flag of Turkey, which supports our Kosovo, does not hang in these schools. Moreover, the national flag is not hung for Turkish students in those schools.
As representatives of the non-majority community, we have done our best to become a member of NATO and the European Union, and we will continue to do so. However, we are deeply saddened that the flags of these institutions, of which we are not yet members, have not been hung in the schools where Turkish education is taught, and that the national flags of our Bosnian brothers have not been hung.
We cannot expect our teachers or administrators to solve this problem in those schools where Turkish education is offered. This burden is too heavy for them. I will always be by their side. This deficiency must be eliminated by principals of schools, because principals must serve everyone equally, they are mayors, minister of education, minister of local governments and other institutions.
For two years, we have been asking the Minister of Local Government to amend the administrative instructions governing the election of the deputy mayor responsible for the communities. We demand an end to this injustice. If we had a deputy mayor in charge of communities in Prizren today, perhaps these shortcomings would be corrected. We will continue to live together, we will continue to respect each other.
We know that this is not malicious intent, but now is the time to learn about the good intent as well. We demand that the Turkish flag be hung in schools where the Turkish language is taught. We demand that everyone respect this.
I congratulate everyone on the holy month of Ramadan. I would also like to congratulate all our compatriots on April 23, the National Day of the Kosovo Turks, which is the seal of our existence in Kosovo.
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