Serbian officials are trying to get their language back.
Serbian officials are hoping that Turkish will be the official government language of the country, a move that has been criticized by some Turkish supporters as anti-Semitic.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry, which has said it supports the move, has said that it’s for the good of Serbia.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said he believes Serbia’s Turkish minority is “not an ethnic minority.”
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Cavuski said the decision to restore Turkish as the official Serbian language is not meant to be a political statement, but is intended to preserve the ethnic and linguistic integrity of the Serbian minority.
“It’s to preserve a very fragile situation in Serbia,” Cavusky said.
“It’s important for us to have the Turkish language because we have an ethnic and cultural heritage.”
Cavusky was not immediately available for comment when reached by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
In June, the Serbian Government said it would allow Turkish to be used in the media, but the language has not been officially recognized by the Government.