Interior Minister Beşir Atalay will be hosting a meeting with several intellectuals and columnists to discuss the government's Kurdish initiative, a plan launched by the government in the summer of 2009 to end separatist terrorism by extending more cultural and linguistic rights to the country's Kurds, which the government calls the “Democratic Initiative” or the “Brotherhood Project.”
Atalay previously organized a similar meeting with intellectuals as part of the project. The first meeting of the initiative, which sparked much attention, was held at the Police Academy in Ankara in August 2009 and was joined by several intellectuals and columnists. At that time the minister met with a number of representatives of nongovernmental organizations from Ankara and provinces in the East and Southeast. He explained the initiative to the participants, asked for their support and welcomed suggestions.
For the first meeting for 2011, the minister will meet in İstanbul today with 40 intellectuals and columnists who have written about terror and security matters, whom he will inform of the current status of the project and invite to express their views.
Various intellectuals and journalists are expected to take part at this meeting, including Bejan Matur, Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Orhan Miroğlu and Fuat Keyman. After explaining the steps that have been taken in the short, medium and long term Atalay will give each participant an opportunity to share his or her views on the subject.
The minister is expected to take note of all recommended solutions to the Kurdish issue at this meeting, which is expected to last approximately five to six hours. Ministry of Interior Undersecretary Osman Gunes, Undersecretary of Public Order and Security Muammer Guler, National Police Chief Oguz Kaan Koksal and bureaucrats from the Interior Ministry are also expected to attend.