Letter: In Brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: "There has been no instance of racial conflict or discrimination in Turkish history", says Bulent Ecevit, the Turkish prime minister ("Turkey warns EU over Kurds' rights", 22 February). That'll come as a surprise to those 1.5 million Armenians exterminated in 1915-16, and to the many non-Turks whose businesses were sacked in a government-orchestrated looting spree on the commercial district of Istanbul in September 1955. What too of the recently elected Kurdish (sorry - "Mountain Turkish") members of parliament in jail?

CHRISTOPHER J WALKER

London W14

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