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Letter to Secretary Albright to help reinstate Ms. Kavakci PDF Print E-mail
June 17, 1999

The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright,
The Secretary of State,
2201 C Street, N. W.
Washington, DC 20520.

Subject : An appeal to help reinstate the ousted Turkish Legislator, Ms. Merve Kavakci. 

Dear Madam Secretary,

May  the  blessing  of  God  be  always  with  you,  your  family  and  the  United  States.  Amen

Before writing anything on the subject of this letter, I want to say a few words about the situation in Kosova. It is difficult to find adequate words to thank a person who played a pivotal role to devise the policies that resulted in the ultimate defeat of the evil forces of Slobodan Milosevic. Some Republicans called the Kosova conflict as Albright's war, but you stood firm for the noble cause and God Almighty vindicated you in the eyes of your nation and your enemies were shamed. I offer my sincere congratulations for a job well done. I believe you will always remember the thanks of the women and children who hugged you in the refugee camps in Macedonia and repeated your name, again and again. I saw tears in your eyes - a moment that will remain forever etched in your memory.  Please ensure that the Kosovars are safely settled in their homes and then they get a chance to decide their future under NATO and UN supervision.      
    
I am sure you know about a young woman Legislator, Ms. Merve Kavakci, who was elected to the Turkish Parliament in recent elections, but was not allowed to take oath of the office because she appeared in the opening Session in a Muslim head scarf. I never met Ms. Kavakci when she was living in the Dallas area, and most of the things I know now about her were learned through the news media.  Rarely has a head scarf caused such a political uproar in a Muslim country. The strong reaction by Government officials to this apparently trivial matter is difficult to understand because she has been wearing her head scarf throughout her life and also during the election campaign and nobody raised any objection to it, but the situation changed dramatically after her election. It was Ms. Kavakci's first career move in politics, and she was looking forward to focus her energies on women's issues. In most cases people are helpful and sympathetic to some one who is starting a career, but the young lady finds herself in a helpless situation in her country of birth. I feel that Ms. Kavakci deserves the support and encouragement of world leaders at this nascent stage of her career. I appeal to you to please help restore her  rights to the Turkish Parliament.   

Dear Madame Albright, I seek your help because I know that you strongly believe in the women's rights throughout the world. You have achieved the rare distinction of being the first woman Secretary of State in America giving you a  special power to help other women who may launch their political careers for the first time in a society not yet fully democratic. Women's problems, particularly in the developing world, are enormous and they present a special challenge for a young woman like Ms. Kavakci who is determined to make a difference. You have earned a great respect and admiration from women's groups around the world and that is why your support of Ms. Kavakci will certainly be very meaningful and effective. It will be appreciated if you could  privately speak or write to the Turkish Prime Minister and/or the Foreign Minister and help Ms. Kavakci to obtain her freedom to fulfill the obligations to her electorates. Anyway, I leave it up to your wise judgment to find the best way to help in the solution of this problem.  I know Ms. Kavakci  will be eternally grateful  for your efforts in this matter. Thanks and best regards.

Sincerely,



Mr. M. Khaliq Qureshi,
1317 Shamrock Lane, Plano, Texas 75093.
Res. Tel. (972) 380 - 5106. 
 

1999

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