Turkey's Interior Minister informs public on Kurdish opening process

Atalay said he was very hopeful as he observed a clear and strong consensus in public that the problem should be resolved.

Turkey's Interior Minister informs public on Kurdish opening process
Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay, who is coordinating government's efforts on democratic move, said he was very hopeful as he observed a clear and strong consensus in public that the problem should be resolved.

At a press conference to inform reporters on government's democratic move, Atalay said he met representatives of several political parties and non-governmental organizations over the past month since the government initiated the move to solve the Kurdish issue.

"All my meetings have been very fruitful for the process," Atalay said.

Atalay said he has had chance to listen to voices of different parts of the society during his tour, which he said was a "quest for common sense".

"So, we reached our goal. I saw a clear and strong consensus in public that this problem should be resolved," he said. "Everybody wants to put a stop to terror. Everybody wants better democratic standards. No one is against it."

Atalay said he was very hopeful about the move, and he also denied claims that the move was part of reports drafted by a foreign think-tank.

"Relating our works with reports of a foreign think-tank is simply a sign of political complex," he said.

Asked if the government would grant an amnesty to PKK militants, Atalay said, "we have never said such a thing. Starting point of this process is laying down arms."


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Ağustos 2009, 13:03
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