Turkey's Gul: 'PKK head not interlocutor' in new Kurdish opening

Turkey's President Gul said head of militant PKK Ocalan not interlocutor in new Kurdish opening.

Turkey's Gul: 'PKK head not interlocutor' in new Kurdish opening

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul said on Tuesday that the country's unity was the top priority.

President Gul attended a reception at Sheraton Hotel in Ankara and replied to reporters' questions on the democratic move of the government aiming to find a solution to Kurdish issue.

When a reporter said, "there have been developments regarding the democratic move. Interior Minister's talks are continuing. A road map (will be made public) from Imrali island (where head of militant PKK Abdullah Ocalan is serving his sentence)," Gul said, "you should forget Imrali. They are not interlocutor."

President Gul said that every country should solve its problem by itself. "Turkey's unitary structure must be strengthened as a result of all works under way. No threat must appear in the future, because our unity is the top priority," he said.

New Kurdish opening

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently announced that his government initiated a move to deal with the Kurdish issue and the Ministry of Interior was assigned with the coordination of this task.

As a first step, Interior Minister Atalay held a press conference to inform the public about the government's "democratic move" to address "Kurdish Issue". Atalay made clear that this was a process where measures would be shaped along the way through consensus of all state organs and all components of the society. Atalay said they would visit all political parties to ask for their contribution and support.

He later met with a group of journalists at a workshop titled "Solution of the Kurdish Issue: Towards a Turkey Model".

Atalay, so far, visited several political parties and non-governmental organizations.

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