Turkish govt to announce Kurdish opening measures

Atalay said he would make public on Thursday at a general session the measures the government would take under the democratic move.

Turkish govt to announce Kurdish opening measures

Turkish interior minister has said government's democratic move sought to end terrorism and to improve Turkey's democratic standards.

"The process of the democratic move aims at yielding two connected results. The first one is to end or minimize terrorism and the second one is to improve democracy and raise its standards," Besir Atalay told a heated debate in a general session at the parliament on Tuesday over the Turkish government's initiative to widen democratic rights and freedoms.

Atalay indicated that the way to end terrorism required the terrorist organization to lay down their arms, which he said was essentially characterized by quitting the organization and by "climbing down the mountains."

A group of 34 PKK members surrendered to security authorities in October at the Habur border gate between Turkey and Iraq in a bid to "make contributions to the democratic move," which was followed by celebrations in the southeast Turkey that caused widespread reactions.

"No one should seek to gain a political leverage from this. Political show off does not contribute to the solution of the problem. We do not approve such attitude and no one should think repeating it again," Atalay said.

The Turkish interior minister said the government did not close its doors to anyone and that defending a deadlock in the problem and "doing negative politics" would serve no one's interests.

"We know that our people will have to pay a much greater cost tomorrow if we do not solve this issue today, which took tens of thousands of lives," Atalay said.

Atalay said he would make public on Thursday at a general session the measures the government would take under the democratic move.

"The government's democratic move handles the terror problem as a whole in all its dimensions. We have to think of the democratic move not as a weakness but on the contrary a necessity of our decisive and resolute fight against terrorism," Atalay said.

Atalay said democratization and widening freedoms was important in fighting against terrorism based on ethnic nationalism.

"Our goal is to secure an environment free of terrorism and violence where everyone felt safe and free living together in a peaceful and prosperous country," Atalay said.

Erdogan announced in July that his government initiated a move to deal with Kurdish issue and the Ministry of Interior was assigned with the coordination of this task.

A week later, Interior Minister Besir Atalay said their government believed the Kurdish issue would be solved with an egalitarian approach through democratization.


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