Turkey’s solution process inspired by Battle of Gallipoli: FM Davutoğlu
BATMAN – Anadolu Agency
Referring to the Battle of Gallipoli, Davutoğlu said the descendants of people who died side-by-side could not be enemies. AA PhotoThe philosophy behind Turkey’s solution process lies in the Battle of Gallipoli of 1915, in which all of Turkey’s ethnic groups fought side-by-side to protect the country, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said March 15.
In an address to his fellow Justice and Development Party (AKP) members in the southeastern province of Batman, Davutoğlu said 2013 was the year when a “solution process” was initiated to end terrorism and no “brother blood” was spilled for the first time in 50 years.
Referring to the Battle of Gallipoli, which was one of the greatest Ottoman victories during the First World War, he said the descendants of people who died side-by-side could not be enemies.
‘This is the philosophy lying behind the solution process,” he said.
The top diplomat also stated that the government’s policies regarding the “solution process” and standing by oppressed people around the world had won popular approval across Turkey.
The “peace process” began early 2013 with a ceasefire between the Turkish government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
In September last year, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced a “democratization package” that introduced broader political rights, education in mother tongue and tougher penalties for hate speech. President Abdullah Gül ratified March 12 an omnibus law that included a part of that package.