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SPEAKER ŞENTOP SENT A VIDEO MESSAGE TO “NORTHERN MACEDONIA TURKS CENSUS REVIEW WORKSHOP”


In his video message that he sent to “Northern Macedonia Turks Census Review Workshop” organized by the Union of Macedonian Turkish Non-Governmental Organizations (MATÜSİTEB) in Skopje, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the GNAT stated that, “We firmly believe that the census will be fair, legal and transparent. We consider the census as guarantee of our cognates’ national rights, existence, individuality and future.” 05.03.2021

Speaker Mustafa Şentop commenced his message by saying, “Dear cognates, my precious brothers, dear friends” and stated that census procedures that are planned to be held in April in our friend and brother Northern Macedonia will directly affect the Northern Macedonian state’s structure which has socio-cultural wealth.

Speaker Şentop emphasized that the census will contribute to the country’s inner peace, welfare and peace and it is also essential in terms of economic development at micro and macro levels and that they are closely following the census work and its affect to cognates both statewise and personally.

Speaker Şentop made the following assessment:

“We firmly believe that the census will be fair, legal and transparent. We consider the census as guarantee of our cognates’ national rights, existence, individuality and future. I sincerely congratulate and greet all the participants of this workshop for their interest in the census and their informative work.

I believe that this process will lead to an increase in representation rate in public institutes and local governments on the basis of the principle of proportional representation which exists in the constitution of Northern Macedonia who always treasures pluralist and democratic principles; enabling formality and use of our native language Turkish on a local scale; alteration of deputies’ electoral law; protection of the right to primary and middle school education in Turkish; opening of new classes and schools, increasing the number of teaching staff and other personnel. On the other hand, census rates will cause a great affect in terms of protecting our cultural and historical texture, patterns, symbols, customs and traditions.”

Şentop told that the most significant element of building friendly relations and bridges between Northern Macedonia and Turkey is Turkish cognates living there and finalized his words accordingly:

“By protecting the census, you will contribute to these values and range up friendship relations between our countries. With these thoughts, I wish good luck to our friend and brother Northern Macedonia in conducting the census and on behalf of the GNAT and myself convey my respects and love to all our cognates. God bless you all.”

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