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Foreign Minister Davutoğlu is seen with government officials and foreign children during the closing ceremony of the Eighth Turkish Olympiads in 2010. (Photo: Today's Zaman, Mahmut Burak Bürkük)
11 March 2014 /SERVET YANATMA, ANKARA
With only a few months remaining before the 12th Turkish Language Olympiads, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has sent a message to Turkish ambassadors and diplomats serving abroad ordering them not to attend the overseas selections phase of the Olympiads, according to diplomatic sources.
Avoiding sending a written memo, Davutoğlu sent a verbal message to diplomats serving in foreign countries via Foreign Ministry officers, saying, “It would be improper for our ambassadors to attend the Turkish Olympiads.”
“It was relayed to us that Davutoğlu doesn't find it appropriate for us to attend the Turkish Olympiads. The message came from the ministry,” said two ambassadors, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Foreign Ministry sources who wanted to remain anonymous did not refute the alleged order. Osman Sert, press adviser to Davutoğlu, declined to respond to Today's Zaman's questions asking whether the alleged order indeed came from Davutoğlu. He also did not address questions about the stance of the ministry and Davutoğlu on ambassadors attending the overseas selections phase of the Turkish Olympiads.
Orders sent to ambassadors targeting the Hizmet movement and Turkish schools allegedly affiliated with the Hizmet movement first came to public attention when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Turkish diplomats to "tell the truth" about a corruption investigation which became public on Dec. 17 to their foreign interlocutors.
Speaking during the annual gathering of ambassadors in Ankara on Jan. 15, Prime Minister Erdoğan labeled the corruption investigation involving former government ministers as nothing but a “treacherous plot” to sabotage Turkey's international standing.
“The process that began on Dec. 17 is a coup attempt disguised as an anti-corruption operation. It is an attempt to sabotage democracy, the nation's will, the settlement process [of the Kurdish problem] and our foreign policy,” Erdoğan said in addressing the ambassadors. “I especially ask you to underline that this is not an anti-corruption operation but a coup attempt disguised as such,” Erdoğan stated.
Without openly naming it, Erdoğan accused the Hizmet movement led by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and its “foreign collaborators” of attempting to overthrow his government through a “judicial coup” ever since the corruption investigation that shook his government became public on Dec. 17.
Ambassadors who have attended and supported the Turkish Olympiads before told Today's Zaman they are having difficulties abiding by the extraordinary orders coming from Ankara.
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government's attempts to undermine the activities of schools allegedly affiliated with the Hizmet movement has intensified in recent days. Erdoğan has reportedly been exerting great efforts for the closure of Turkish schools abroad. Sources say Davutoğlu has also joined Erdoğan in his efforts to target the Hizmet movement and Turkish schools overseas.
Okan Müderrisoğlu, a columnist with the pro-government Sabah daily, wrote on Sunday that while on his way back to Turkey from Rome last week, Davutoğlu told him if the schools had not gone beyond their educational purposes, there wouldn't be any form of discrimination against them.
“We support anyone and any institution that plays an efficient role in promoting Turkey, contributing to Turkey's prestige. … Some problems occurred during the opening of those schools. These problems were stated by our president [Abdullah Gül] and prime minister [Erdoğan] and they also intervened in the issue [for the opening of schools]. If they [the schools] had remained within their boundaries, there wouldn't be any discrimination,” he reportedly said.
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A total of 2,000 students from 140 countries will attend the 11th International Turkish Olympiads, which brings together hundreds of foreign students studying at Turkish schools around the world, this year.
A press conference was held by a member of the International Turkish Olympiads organizing committee, Işılay Saygın, on Monday in İzmir to give details about the 11th International Turkish Olympiads, which will be held between June 1 and 16. The 11th International Turkish Olympiads is organized by the International Turkish Education Association (TÜRKÇEDER). Saygın stated that this year 2,000 students from 140 countries are expected to attend the Turkish Olympiads and set out the timeline of events that will take place over the 16 days in 55 Turkish cities. Stating that students from five continents will compete in 19 categories, such as singing and poetry recitals, during the olympiads, Saygın added that a culture festival will be held at the İzmir Fair Center between May 24 and 26. Saygın stated that the reason why they chose İzmir as the venue of the cultural festival was due to İzmir's bid to host the World's Fair Expo 2020. The cultural festival was held in Ankara in 2011 and in İstanbul in 2012. Students will set up tables at the expo center to introduce their countries to visitors during this festival.
Also speaking at the press conference, the coordinator of the culture festival, Aydın Panayır, said that students from various parts of the world will get a chance to present their cultures to visitors during the festival. He also added that they are expecting 1 million visitors to the cultural festival.
There were also some of the students who will compete in the olympiads at the press conference. Eleven-year-old Eygptian Nadin Aner told the Anatolia news agency that she likes Turkey very much. Stating that Egypt and Turkey are brother countries, Aner added that she is very happy to come to Turkey and attend the Turkish Olympiads.
Each year, about 15,000 students around the world prepare for the Olympiads, but only the finalists who win at national competitions are invited to attend the huge international competition in Turkey. The competition will see gold medals given to the top 10 individuals, silver medals given to the top 10 percent of competitors and bronze medals given to the top 30 percent of competitors.
Source: Today's Zaman, May 20, 2013