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A majority of Turkish people support Turks and Kurds living together, according to a recent survey conducted by the ruling Justice and Democracy Party (AKP).

The survey, conducted in over 25 cities with 5,500 participants, revealed that 95 percent of people believe in the possibility of living together without further troubles.

Only 6 percent described the issue as the “Kurdish issue” while 39 percent described the ongoing troubles as a “terror issue.”

Some 51 percent of respondents expressed support for the meetings with the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan, while also supporting the use of the word “meetings,” instead of “negotiations,” on the matter.

The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) had undergone a change of rhetoric and was being received positively, according to participants.

February/22/2013

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