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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu calls to BDP and nothern Iraq’s leader and says should decide whether they are on the side of peace or terror

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Ahmet Davutoğlu

Lawmakers from the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) should decide whether they are on the side of peace or terror, the foreign minister has said, adding that Tuesday’s terrorist attack should not break the positive atmosphere for a solution to the Kurdish question.“There are two sides: those who suggest dialogue for a solution to this issue by making the four political parties come together, and those who still go for terror. … The side the BDP lawmakers choose is very important, not only for Turkey but also for their political careers,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told CNNTürk in an interview.

Timing of words

His words came after the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) attack against military outposts in the Dağlıca district of Hakkari province on Tuesday, which killed eight soldiers.

Describing the attack as a provocation aiming to break the existing positive atmosphere for a solution to the Kurdish question, Davutoğlu recalled the recent statements of Leyla Zana, an iconic figure in the Kurdish political movement, as well as the initiative of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) to establish an interparty commission to deal with the issue.

He said the ideal way to find a solution to the Kurdish issue was to form a broad framework with the inclusion of the four political parties represented at Parliament. “If this cannot be reached, then the ruling and main opposition parties could launch a process to establish a social consensus,” he said.

For Davutoğlu, not only BDP lawmakers but also all relevant actors, including those in northern Iraq, should also choose their sides and decide whether they want to be allied with Turkey or against it. “We should force all actors to choose a side. Is this process going to work in the framework described by Zana, or in the framework drawn by terrorists?” he said. “Everybody will have to make their choice.

Those who prefer to stand with Turkey will gain, those who stand against it will lose.” Masoud Barzani, head of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government, took some positive steps in blocking the activities of the PKK in northern Iraq, Davutoğlu said, but added that northern Iraq should no longer be used by the PKK as a base.

June/22/2012

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dario Kurd

6/22/2012 6:01:05 PM

US Observer .we lived in Kurdistan centries before Turks went to cyprus. so we should be entitled to whatever rights Turks demand for Cypriot Turks ! turks demand them a state but for the sake of peace we only asked for autonomy!!! Kurds can not accept less!

US Observer

6/22/2012 2:42:47 PM

dario you have no right for some of things you mentioned though. The sense of entitlement is what strikes me.

dario Kurd

6/22/2012 2:08:42 PM

All Kurds will continue stand against Turk state until their universal rights achieved

MR Somalia

6/22/2012 1:45:55 PM

No nation with dignity and courage will ever sale its own people. Clearly the Turkish government is confused at many things. My Turkish brothers, how do you expect Iraqi Kurds to go against their own Kurds in Turkiye, when you yourself support your own Turks in Cyprus? Do you get me? Turkey has too many double standard policies. It wants to support Turks in Cyprus but doesnt want others to support theirs. It wont give Kurds right to conduct business but wants to do business with Arbil

john albay

6/22/2012 1:23:05 PM

i have made my choice I) stand 100% behind Turkey!

dario Kurd

6/22/2012 1:14:58 PM

PKK carried arm to defend Kurdistan from Turkish opression..once Turkish army stop operations in Kurdish area. Kurdish people will then ask PKK to stop too. So Turk state should chose peace through actions not words.. Kurdish still is not second official language in Turkey, talk about Kurdish autonomy land u in jail, Kurdish town names have not been restored ..Kurdish elected mayors are still in jail, kurdish childern cannot have Kurdish names..so how u can expect Kurds choose Turkish side??
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