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 Turkish FM to discuss Syrian crisis with Iraqi Kurdistan's officials

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Turkish FM to discuss Syrian crisis with Iraqi Kurdistan's officials  26.7.2012 







 
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) speaks to the members of Syrian National Council and its chairman Abdulbaset Sieda, a Kurd, (L) in Ankara on July 23, 2012. Photo: Getty Images
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July 26, 2012

ANKARA, — Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, will arrive in Iraq's Kurdistan Region next week, said Turkish 24 Channel.

During an interview Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told the TV channel that he will send Davutoğlu to Kurdistan to discuss with Kurdish officials the Syrian crisis and the situation of the areas which Syrian Kurds have controlled.

Erdoğan added Turkey does not intend to uproot Kurds in Syria and it cannot interfere in Kurds' affairs "but it's impossible to tenderly look at the relation between the terrorist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD)."

He added the entity in Syria cannot be regarded as "Kurdish…because it is the entity of the terrorist PKK and PYD."

PKK has offshoots in Iran, Syria and Iraq, where major Kurdish communities reside.

The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem,www.ekurd.net Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

The PKK wants constitutional recognition for the Kurds, regional self-governance and Kurdish-language education in schools.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.

By Hewar Ismael - AK News - Ekurd.net contributed to this report

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