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Turkey to Start Kurdish Broadcasts

Turkey's private television channels are preparing to broadcast Kurdish-language programs under new government regulations designed to meet European Union conditions for joining the bloc.

Officials say several television channels in the mostly Kurdish southeastern regions will begin broadcasts Thursday in "languages and dialects other than Turkish."

The new regulations allow for as much as 45 minutes a day or four hours weekly of Kurdish radio, and up to 30 minutes a day or two hours weekly of television broadcasts. The television broadcasts will include Turkish subtitles.

But the new Kurdish shows will not include Kurdish language learning programs or children's shows.

The European Union has been pressuring Turkey to improve the rights of its ethnic minorities before joining the group.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.