Gül, TÜSİAD welcome meet over Kurdish issue

Gül, TÜSİAD welcome meet over Kurdish issue

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Gül, TÜSİAD welcome meet over Kurdish issue

Ümit Boyner, the head of the TUSİAD, welcomes the meeting on Kurdish problem. DHA photo

The meeting between the ruling and main opposition party to launch a new political process for the solution of the Kurdish question received appreciation from President Abdullah Gül and Ümit Boyner, the head of the country’s leading businessmen association. 

“We can overcome problems with our self-confidence. All such meetings are praiseworthy in this sense. I always encourage meetings between politicians and leaders who are worried [about problems],” President Gül told reporters on Thursday in Ağrı, on the eastern border. 

Underlining that big countries always solve national problems in unity and solidarity without highlighting political differences, Gül emphasized the need to improve Turkey’s democratic norms and strengthen individual freedoms. “These are all problems of our country. We can solve all of our problems in a self-confident manner,” Gül said, adding his opinion that a delay in solving such problems would make dealing with them more difficult for future generations. 

Ümit Boyner, the head of the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen Association (TUSİAD), also welcomed the initiative of the two major political parties. “We are hopeful and pay importance of the meeting between the prime minister and the leader of the main opposition. We wish that the leaders of the other opposition parties will soon become part of this picture as well,” she said.

Turkey, Kurdish issue, PKK