Turkish FM to discuss Syrian crisis with
Iraqi Kurdistan's officials
July 26, 2012
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) speaks
to the members of Syrian National Council and its
chairman Abdulbaset Sieda, a Kurd, (L) in Ankara on
July 23, 2012. Photo: Getty Images
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ANKARA, — Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet
Davutoğlu, will arrive in Iraq's Kurdistan Region next
week, said Turkish 24 Channel.
During an interview Turkish Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdoğan told the TV channel that he will send
Davutoğlu to Kurdistan to discuss with Kurdish
officials the Syrian crisis and the situation of the
areas which Syrian Kurds have controlled.
Erdoğan added Turkey does not intend to uproot Kurds
in Syria and it cannot interfere in Kurds' affairs
"but it's impossible to tenderly look at the
relation between the terrorist Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD)."
He added the entity in Syria cannot be regarded as
"Kurdish…because it is the entity of the terrorist
PKK and PYD."
PKK has offshoots in Iran, Syria and Iraq, where
major Kurdish communities reside.
The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem,www.ekurd.net
Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.
Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state,
which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish
state in the south east of the country.
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous region and more cultural rights
for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more
than 20 million.
A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK
The PKK wants constitutional recognition for the Kurds, regional
self-governance and Kurdish-language education in schools.
PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in
Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey,
reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action
against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.
Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population
as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural
rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish
language and private Kurdish language courses with
the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish
politicians say the measures fall short of their
The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the
blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which
overturned a decision
to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its
political wing on the European Union's terror list.
By Hewar Ismael - AK News - Ekurd.net contributed to this report
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