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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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dario Kurd

2/26/2013 12:04:45 PM

Kurds and Turks can only live together if turkey's Kurdistan is fully recognised as an autonomous region within Turkey and Kurdish language and people treated equally. otherwise Turks and Kurds become further apart and there will be no chance for united Turkey to stand for too long.

john albay

2/25/2013 12:54:12 PM

of course the Turks and kurds can live together,and with happiness,it is the pkk terrorists that cause the trouble and kill people not the great mass of normal kurdish people who only want to have a normal life.

Murat

2/22/2013 3:10:12 PM

They already do!

MR Somalia

2/22/2013 2:05:46 PM

Turks and Kurds are brotherly people who share more things in common than differences. It's time both people focused on common values rather than the minor differences. Diversity is also a great value. Erdogan government has rescued Turkey and deserves credit. Here in Somalia, we look forward to welcoming the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag and Development Minister Cevdet Yilmaz today (Friday) in Mogadishu. We hope Hurriyet Daily follows this development.
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