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Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet  Bahçeli addresses his  lawmakers in Parliament. Daily News Photo

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli addresses his lawmakers in Parliament. Daily News Photo

The recent coalition of the ruling party and outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for the ongoing peace process said to be aimed at convincing the PKK to lay down their arms, will eventually lead to the establishment of an independent Kurdistan state, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has said.

“It is obvious the PKK has no intention of laying down their arms. At the end, the bloody organization which has turned into a regional actor and an international gang, will take the issue to the point of dividing Turkey, securing a federation and establishing the independent Kurdistan,” MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli said Jan. 15 while addressing his party’s parliamentary group. “Prime Minister [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan and his party are ready for this.”

From the very beginning, Bahçeli has been vocal in his objection to the process involving PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan which aims to bring an end to the three-decade old conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people since the PKK took up arms in 1984 in its fight for autonomy for Kurds in southeast Turkey.

“As far as it is leaked by the pro-government press, the lies suggesting that the İmralı murderer [Öcalan who is imprisoned on the İmralı Island in the Marmara Sea] is not demanding a separate state and that he gave up the idea of ‘democratic autonomy’ are being presented to the public opinion as part of a psychological operation,” Bahçeli said.

The ultra-nationalist leader suggested that the picture he has been painting about the ongoing process was just “the tip of the iceberg.”

“The government’s failure and its quests for agreeing, reconciling and negotiating with the separatist terrorist organization have dealt a big blow to the Turkish nation. İmralı has been presented as an island of peace; Kandil as a mountain of freedom; and terrorists as poor guerillas whose rights and demands have so far been oppressed.”

The Kandil Mountains are a range located along the Iranian border of Iraq; Kandil has become a byword in Turkish politics for the PKK, which has had its headquarters and military camps there for nearly 20 years.

He also strongly rejected the assumptions that his visit to imprisoned former chief of staff served to equalize Ret. Gen. İlker Başbuğ with Öcalan since it apparently came as a reaction to officials’ contacts with Öcalan.


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mesude salihli

1/16/2013 10:53:21 PM

Agnes: 2) I meant an average Turk, instead of Every Turk. Any idea that does not fit to the Turkish nationalism and/or islamism finds great resistance from ordinary people. For example, the concept of democracy and unification with Europe cannot find enough traction amongst Turks. When Turkification of Kurds failed, the islamist with the AKP government tried to play the islam card, but that failed too.

mesude salihli

1/16/2013 10:32:16 PM

Agnes: 1) The roots of the current political divisions in Turkey comes from the Turkification and/or Islamization of Anatolia. Ultra nationalists push their fight until complete turkification is achieved. They with the help of Islamist have already virtually eliminated nonmuslims through ethnic cleansing. Kurds are a different challenge since they are muslims. They are forced to become Turks, i.e. most importantly speak Turkish. Every Turk is a mixture of ultra nationalist and Islamist

Agnes Smith

1/16/2013 3:39:51 PM

I don't get this - please argue the point with me - why cannot we annexe a region to the Kurdish population (like a federal state) if this will make them happy and put down their guns and ultimately save lives. Here they can form their own decisions about education and culture.The ones who like guns can patrol the Turkish border of their state and create a buffer zone to further protect Turkish interests Turkey is big enough to allow for this or am I just too simplistic.

mesude salihli

1/16/2013 2:28:41 AM

Nation has already divided. With this effort, at least, a wasp majority of Kurds may rejoin Turkey again.
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