Warsaw identifies in the declaration 15 different “minority languages” spoken in the country · Poland makes the 24th State of the Council of Europe to back the Charter · France, Greece and Russia, among the countries which have not yet ratified or, in some cases, even signed the Charter in spite of their internal language diversity.
NEWS IN BRIEF. State television channel cuts its live broadcast when a Kurd deputy addressed de Turkish Assembly in Kurdish, few days after Erdogan had delivered a brief speech in that language.
Pro-independence fighters, weakened by Sinhalese army offensive, tell UN about their intention to comply with a truce and say “it is painful to see the world maintaining silence on this immense human suffering” · Sri Lankan army rejects the offer and demands “complete surrender” · According to some sources Tamil defeat could be a matter of days.
Christopher Ross declares that solution to the conflict “must include the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination”, but does not specify a timing for the referendum · Ross’ predecessor, Peter van Walsum, has not been extended in his post after stating that “independence for Western Sahara is not a realistic proposition”
DOSSIER. The Italian State is undergoing a deep federalist reform, and South Tyrol is one of the territories willing to get further in its demands for more self-government. South Tyrol is mainly a German-speaking country, although Ladin people live in some areas of the Dolomite Mountains, a section of the Eastern Alps cutting across South Tyrolean territory. The main autonomist party, the South Tyrolean People's Party (SVP), has been governing for the last 20 years, and after the last elections has set the goal of obtaining fiscal autonomy and more powers transferred.
NEWS IN BRIEF. Around 2,500 languages fall under ‘unsafe’ and ‘critically endangered’ categories.
A Kurd is to be appointed provincial governor, the vice-governor will be an Arab and a Turkmen is to hold the presidency of Kirkuk’s city council · The agreement does not come to a decision on the incorporation of Kirkuk district into the Kurdish self-governing region · Prime Minister of the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan has highlighted the risk of tension escalating in the city if the conflict is not settled for this troubled oil-rich region of Kirkuk
Ugo Cappellacci, leader of the Il Popolo della Libertá coalition defeats current president Renato Soru, leader of the center-left coalition · Autonomists and pro-independence parties remarkably improve their results, and Independence Republic of Sardinia (Indipendèntzia Repùbrica de Sardigna, IRS) becomes the third party in Parliament.