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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AA photo

A general amnesty is impossible for those who have been engaged in terror, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said during a press conference at Atatürk Airport in Istanbul before leaving for his trip to Gabon, Niger and Senegal.

"There are rumors about house arrest for [Abdullah] Öcalan [the leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK]. This could never happen during the Justice and Development Party's [AKP] rule," Erdoğan said.

"This [İmralı meeting process] is not a new process, it is a continuing process that was started before. A while ago there were Oslo meetings, and these kinds of meetings can be done again, perhaps in another city," he said.

"Intelligence is the most important instrument in politics. States use intelligence in order to be effective both inside and outside of the country. This is what we have done. We have taken this step to succeed in our struggle against terror," he added. "We have not been engaged in this meeting [İmralı meeting] as politicians. Against terror we are struggling, with politicians we are negotiating."

January/06/2013

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Cilginbebek Ms

1/6/2013 10:03:35 PM

He allowed these terrorists to come down from the mountains with Kool Aid smiles after killing hundreds of thousands of civilians, soldiers, children and babies Turkish and Kurdish. What happened? Nothing. They still continue their killings. Amnesty for terrorists doesn't work!

Brit in Turkey

1/6/2013 7:01:55 PM

"Intelligence is the most important instrument in politics." I don't know the Turkish, but the word "intelligence" has two meanings in English.

mara mcglothin

1/6/2013 6:42:47 PM

Yeah MURAT you care correct! There is no point in negotiations because regardless of what Turkey is prepared to offer, unless it is a new Kurdish state, then they won't be successful. It is a waste of time.

Murat

1/6/2013 5:36:54 PM

Amnesty is no solution. How many times do we need to learn this lesson? We are dealing with killers, smugglers, kidnappers, and scum in general. Not political activists or freedom fighters. Let's get real.
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