Turkey's Erdogan slams attempts to derail solution process

"This country has not only been fighting terror for 30 years but also the dark mentality behind it," said Turkish PM Erdogan.

Turkey's Erdogan slams attempts to derail solution process

World Bulletin / News Desk

The only choice for Turkey is to find a solution to terrorism, and to this end, Turkey will continue to build a fraternity among all ethnicities, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's parliamentary group meet on Tuesday.

The perpetrators of the flag removal incident at a military base in Lice district of Diyarbakir Monday sent a teenager to remove the flag with full knowledge of the high risk of being killed in the process as per previous occurrences in the past. They, however, were unsuccessful in the provocation to sabotage the 'solution process', Erdogan said.

Turkey's southeastern region has recently been tense after two protesters were killed during an illegal protest against the construction of a military outpost in the southeastern Lice district of Diyarbakir on Saturday. The two men died after security forces intervened in demonstrations held by a pro-Kurdish group who attempted to block the road between Diyarbakir and Bingol provinces, hurling hand-made grenades and stones at security forces with the aim of fueling further protests amongst the Kurdish people.

"This country has not only been fighting terror for 30 years but also the dirty mentality behind it," Erdogan said and added that "mothers' demands" for the return of children reportedly kidnapped by the PKK terrorist organization on April 23, scared the terrorist organization and its supporter; the Peoples' Democracy Party."

These incidents threatened to destabilize the delicate 'solution process' which addresses the issues of the Kurdish people, Erdogan said.

Turkey's 'solution process' began early last year with a ceasefire between the Turkish government and PKK terrorist organization. The government pledged democratic reforms to empower minorities, particularly the Kurdish people -- by far the largest minority representing 18 percent of the population.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Haziran 2014, 15:34