Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Turkey Prime Minister Erdogan to preempt Ocalan with his own 'road map' for solving the 'Kurdish Question'


A Kurdish boy holds a poster of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan
during a demonstration of Kurdish nationals living in Cyprus at Eleftheria
Square (Freedom Square) in Nicosia, Cyprus, 12 November 2007

A July 22, 2009 article from the Sofia News Agency in Bulgaria published at the English language novinite.com web site revealed that Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan plans to lay out his own 'road map' to solving the Kurdish Question before jailed Kurdish PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan presents his on August 15th:

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is going to come up with a plan for the solving of the Turkish Question before the jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Ocalan, a former leader of the Kurdish Workers' Party PKK who has been jailed for life over terrorism and sedition, intends to present a plant for solving the problems of the numerous Kurdish population in Southeast Turkey on August 15, 2009.

The Erdogan government, however, is going to come up with a plan of its own earlier than him, according to an unnamed source from the governing Justice and Development Party, as quoted by the Radical newspaper.

The source has indicated that the ruling party is discussing issues about the Kurds that had been taboo, and that Erdogan's plan enjoyed the support of the USA and of Iraq, where the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan is located.

It is incredible that a man who is jailed for life in virtual solitary confinement, who had been sentenced to death, who is considered Turkey's number one terrorist, could still wield the kind of influence that evokes such an immediate response from the Ankara government.

An estimated 12 million Kurds live in eleven provinces in the mountainous regions of southeast Turkey.

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