Turkey to register its new name 'Türkiye'

19, Jan 2022 | nepaltraveller.com

Turkish Foreign Ministry and its Foreign Missions all over the world have already made the change

The Turkish government plans to change its internationally recognised official name in English to Türkiye to the UN in the coming weeks. This was reported to the Middle East Eye by two Turkish officials. 

The transition could have been a simple one, by just sending a notification to the UN Registry but the letter ‘Ü’, which isn’t in the nominal Latin alphabet, could pose a problem. Türkiye means Turkey in Turkish. 

One senior Turkish official said Ankara hadn't discussed the ‘Ü’ issue with the UN yet, but the source was hopeful that a solution could be found. “The exact timing for the name change is still under consideration by the government,” one senior Turkish official told Middle East Eye. “But the process is ongoing.” 

“The Turkish Permanent Mission has got in touch with UN Protocol to check about the procedure to communicate a change of country name in case this change happens, but we had not received any official communication,” the spokesperson said. 

The name change drive began last year in December after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan released a memorandum and asked the public to use Türkiye to describe the country in every language. 

“Türkiye is accepted as an umbrella brand for our country in national and international venues,” Erdogan said. “Türkiye is the best representation and expression of the Turkish people’s culture, civilization and values.” 

Erdogan, in the same memorandum, advised companies to use “made in Türkiye” instead of “made in Turkey” for their export goods. And he also instructed the state agencies to use Türkiye in their correspondence, especially with international organisations, instead of Turkey, Turkei and Turquie. Initially, the general Turkish public hadn't known how seriously to take the initiative. However, publicly funded news networks quickly followed the government's lead. Major broadcast news agencies, the Foreign Ministry, and Turkish Foreign Missions all over the globe also adhere to these instructions.

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