Kurdish issue divides Turkish lawmakers PDF Print E-mail

Turkey,  (UPI) -- Talks on issues related to Kurdish militancy in Turkey can only continue if the prime minister admits to escalating the situation,

far-right leaders say.

Ankara is busy tackling a growing Kurdish insurgency throughout the country. The militant Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, is blamed for several attacks on military outposts in recent weeks and for the bombing of an oil pipeline from Iraq.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to raise the issues with lawmakers in Parliament. Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party, said he wouldn't meet with Erdogan until the prime minister admitted his mistakes, Turkey's English-language newspaper Today's Zaman reports.

"If the prime minister says he made a mistake with the (Kurdish) initiative, he escalated clashes, he aggravated terror and he led to the deaths of soldiers, I am ready to meet with him," the far-right leader said.

Erdogan told state television in June that the military would fight the PKK until they were "annihilated."

Bahceli said that type of rhetoric only made the situation worse, however, saying "messages of destruction" aren't effective policy.


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