Turkish a candidate to be official language of the UN

Turkish language has recently emerged as a strong candidate to become the seventh officially recognised language of the United Nations.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that there have been more talks between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the UN General Assembly two weeks ago. Ban said: “Recognition of official languages is an issue UN member countries can decide on.”

The six current official languages of the UN are: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. Turkic speaking countries are strongly considering pushing for Turkish to become the official seventh language of the UN. Should Turkish become an official language of the UN, it is thought that Turkey would have to pay three years worth of translation costs for the UN in order to smooth the process.

Turkish is part of the Turkic language family that is spoken in countries such as: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Adding Turkish to the list of official UN languages would make it easier for countries in this region and easier for the UN as the UN receives wide criticism for using English as the main language.

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