ANKARA, Turkey ( Associated Press) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has sent a letter to the United Nations formally requesting that his country be referred to as “Turkey”, state-run news agency reported. The move is seen as part of a push by Ankara to rebrand the country and to separate its name from bird, turkey and some of the negative connotations associated with it.
The Anadolu Agency said that Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, confirmed receiving the letter late Wednesday. The agency quoted Dujarric as saying that the name change had taken effect “from the moment” the letter was received.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is pushing to change the internationally recognized name Turkish to “Turkiye” (Tur-ki-yay) as it is spelled and pronounced in Turkish. The country called itself “Turkey” in 1923 after the declaration of independence.
In December, Erdogan ordered the use of “Turkish” to better represent Turkish culture and values, including demanding that “Made in Turkey” be used instead of “Made in Turkey” on exported products. to be done. Turkish ministries began to use “Turkish” in official documents.
Earlier this year, the government also released a promotional video as part of its efforts to change its name to English. Videos show tourists from around the world saying “Hello Turkey” at famous sites.
Turkey’s presidential communications directorate said it “launched a campaign to more effectively promote the use of ‘Turkey’ as the country’s national and international name on international platforms.”
Turkey’s English-language state broadcaster TRT World has switched to using “Turkish”, although the word “Turkish” is slipped by the anchor who is still trying to get used to the change.
TRT World explained the decision in an article earlier this year, saying that Googling “Turkey” “brings up a messy set of images, articles and dictionary definitions that associate the country with Meleagris – otherwise known as Turkey.” It is a large bird native to North America—famous for being served on Christmas menus or Thanksgiving dinner.”
The network continued: “Flip through the Cambridge dictionary and “turkey” is defined as “something that fails miserably” or “a stupid or stupid person”.
TRT World argued that the Turks prefer to refer to their country as “Turkeys”, “taking into account the country’s purpose to determine how others should identify it.”