POLITICS > Iran, Syria, Israel don’t want Kurdish solution, says Kurdish MP

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Noting that Ankara’s neighbors don’t want to see a strong Turkey, Kurdish MP Ahmet Türk names Iran, Syria and Israel as countries which do not want solution to the long-standing Kurdish problem

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A solution to Turkey’s Kurdish issue would do little to please regional actors to the south and east of Turkey, senior Kurdish politician Ahmet Türk has said.

“There are many power groups who would be uneasy with peace in Turkey. Many countries do not want Turkey to resolve its Kurdish problem. If Turkey resolved its Kurdish problem fairly with a peaceful approach, it would be the strongest country in the Middle East and become a model for the region. But many countries do not want this [like] Iran, Israel and Syria. And we are not so sure that international actors want a resolution to the Kurdish issue,” Türk told Anatolia news agency.

“When we consider all of these factors, various powers are highly likely to have had a role [in the Paris murders] regardless of who the gunman is,” he said in reference to the murder of three Kurdish women, including Sakine Cansız, a founding member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in Paris on Jan. 9.

A Paris prosecutor has revealed that Ömer Güney, a 30-year-old born in Turkey, is the prime suspect in the murders. Güney is believed to have joined the PKK two years ago, although a senior PKK member, Murat Karayılan, denied he was connected with the organization.

Türk, the head of the Kurdish umbrella organization the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) and an independent lawmaker, said Güney’s family identified themselves as Turkish nationalists and denied his relationship with Kurdish circles in France. It would not be correct to speak about Güney unless concrete evidence is revealed, Türk said, adding that Güney might have infiltrated the PKK for a certain purpose.

Asked whether the murders could be a result of an internal feud within the PKK, Türk said this theory was less likely.

“It cannot be the outcome of an internal conflict. They [the three murdered PKK members] are not included in the decision-making mechanism of the organization [PKK]. They were not members who could influence the decisions of the organization,” Türk said.

The Paris murders came as the government has launched a new initiative to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict between the PKK and Turkish security forces. The recent initiative is called the “peace process” or “İmralı process,” which refers to recent talks involving the PKK’s jailed leader, Abdullah Öcalan, who is serving a life sentence on the prison island of İmralı. In late December 2012, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan revealed that intelligence officials were holding talks with Öcalan to convince PKK militants to lay down their arms and withdraw from Turkish soil. On Jan. 3, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy Ayla Akat Ata and Türk were allowed to visit Öcalan as part of the process.

Recently, Turkish media reported that Türk and BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş were set to pay a second visit to İmralı, but the visit did not occur after the Justice Ministry reportedly refused to grant permission.

One day earlier, Erdoğan had slammed BDP officials for criticizing the government over military operations against PKK militants. The second visit to İmralı was reportedly canceled due to the government’s unease over Türk’s criticism of military operations.


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Can Oz

1/26/2013 12:33:20 AM

Mara mcglothin , Lior Uziel, How on earth can you accuse Ahmet Turk of anti-Israel and anti-West sentiment? He is also bashing SYRIA and IRAN.

mara mcglothin

1/25/2013 4:34:31 PM

Always placing the blame on others, especially the Jews and the Evil West, before looking at the man in the mirror.

Burak Miron

1/25/2013 9:31:28 AM

MP Turk needs to remember that the regiona sport of Israel bashing is slowly becoming less and less popular . For starters , one of the test points of a superpower is it's ability to reach it's status regardless of local or even larger scale clashes. Another fact MP seems to miss out is why on earth should Israel have a problem with Turkey becoming a superpower ?


1/25/2013 1:40:17 AM

I am surprised he did not blame the Martians. Here is a leader who has completely failed to lead and deliver and did not even have the courage to come out of the shadow of the Kurdish Osama. Yea, it is everybody else's fault except him and his comrades.

jiyan kurdish

1/24/2013 11:47:12 PM

turkey is very strong county if there arent kurdish question ...whenever turkey want to solve this question someting being and there havent been any sulution...ı think israel ,iran suria and another middle easts country doesnt want to solve kurdish question....all arabs and another countries afraid strong turkey...

adam adel

1/24/2013 7:55:45 PM

Lior I agree that Israels name is often misused in the Middle East but in this case it really is true that it isn't in Israels interest that Turkey resolve it's internal Kurdish issue. The only thing holding Turkey back is it's fast growing and increasingly more nationalistic Kurdish population. If they manage to resolve that almost every analyst agrees there's no stopping Turkey, it will become the superpower in the region and that is a big threat to both Israe and Iran, even the west.

rich bind

1/24/2013 6:52:48 PM

Turks fails to mention the basis for his anti-Israel propaganda, but then Israel bashing is popular in Turkey right now. Or perhaps his thinking is that since Turkey support the Hamas terror war on Israel, they must be returning the favor. But in reality, Israel has been looking for a formula to repair relations with Turkey that they can sell to its right wing parties. So why would they want to provoke Turkey further?

Lior Uziel

1/24/2013 5:38:52 PM

The good old strategy: when you are incapable of "delivering", blame others for your incompetence. If you can add the name "Israel" to the blamed parties - that would even be better, as there will always be happy "buyers" for that "merchandise"

dogan kemal ileri

1/24/2013 5:23:35 PM

Ahmet Turk is dead right. Now lets give peace a chance.

ilker avni

1/24/2013 3:42:27 PM

The problem the Turkish goverment has is trying to please all sections of the Kurds,because they are not united,they have several sections,some want a political solution and some who want to use force to achive they aims and that will never work.Only way is through peacefull dialog.
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