World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım says his government will invest 16 billion Turkish lira ($5.4 billion) to develop the east and southeast region of the country.
While announcing a Development Action Plan in the southeastern province of Diayrbakır, Prime Minister Yıldırım said a large amount of the money would be used for rebuilding the seven provincial centers damaged by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party's (PKK) extremism in recent months.
"We will renew our centers that were damaged by PKK extremism, making schools, buildings, parks, house of worships et cetera," he said.
The government has previously estimated some 6,000 buildings have been destroyed by the PKK extremist groups during the security operation launched last summer. The demolition put the cost of replacing the buildings at TL 1 billion ($345 million).
Yıldırım said that TL 10 billion (approximately $3.4 billion) would be used for seven provinces alone while the rest of the money would be invested in other cities.
The Development Action Plan aims to establish 10 new factories in the southeastern provinces per year while investors will have the option of borrowing money from the government with zero interest.
The government will create new job opportunities as Yıldırım underlined the importance of finding a solution of the unemployment problem in the region.
The prime minister also gave the news that "67,000 new houses will be built. Fifteen new hospitals, three new stadiums and 51 new police stations will be constructed."
He reiterated that the ongoing counterextremism operations in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria would be continued until the goal is reached.
Yıldırım said that the Turkish military was only targeting the extremists in its operations, pointing out that Turkey is not against Kurds or any other ethnic groups in the region.
He said Ankara is fighting all kind of extremism including the PKK, its Syrian franchise Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing (People's Protection Units(YPG) and ISIL not only to secure Turkey's border but also for the stability of Syrian territories.
Yıldırım vowed to clear the southeastern region from PKK extremism soon. He stressed that the number of extremists in the area were decreasing significantly thanks to the Turkish military's successful operation.