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    Orhan Pamuk warns: I will leave Istanbul if nationalism, Islamicism increase

    Hürriyet Haber
    31.10.2005 - 10:11 | Son Güncelleme:

    Speaking at an introduction of his new book "Istanbul" to Dutch audiences, Orhan Pamuk criticized the EU stance towards Turkey, warning that he would "leave the country" if nationalism or Islamicism begin to increase in Turkey in reaction to the EU's approach.

    Pamuk read from passages of Istanbul to an audience of around 250, including Turkey's envoy to Rotterdam, Ahmet Akif Oktay, as well as many Dutch citizens.

    Criticizes EU stance

    Speaking in English, Pamuk said during his talk that "If the EU continues with its approach to Turkey, it will be responsible for an increase in nationalism among Turkish citizens. I see this as a negative development. And if because of this extreme nationalism, extreme Islamicism, or a military intervention occurs, I will leave the country to live in another city that I love." Pamuk did not say which city it was that he would chose following Istanbul.
    Turkey must chose peace

    Pamuk also spoke about what he saw the EU as symbolizing for Turkey: "I want Turkey to take a position inside the EU. I see the EU as "peace." And Turkey must chose between "peace" and "nationalism." I hope Turkey choses "peace.""



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