ErdoIan shifts again, from ‘no Kurdish problem’ to ‘Kurds have problems’

Changing the position expressed in remarks in a speech he gave last week in which he claimed Turkey never had a Kurdish problem as they enjoy all the rights and everything else enjoyed by Turks, President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan said in a speech on Monday that Kurdish citizens in the country may have problems. “My previous remarks were intentionally distorted.

My Kurdish citizens, of course, have problems. This is something else.

But some live and breathe with th

Changing the position expressed in remarks in a speech he gave last week in which he claimed Turkey never had a Kurdish problem as they enjoy all the rights and everything else enjoyed by Turks, President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan said in a speech on Monday that Kurdish citizens in the country may have problems.

andldquoMy previous remarks were intentionally distorted.

My Kurdish citizens, of course, have problems. This is something else.

But some live and breathe with the so-called Kurdish problem It is like there is nothing else on the front burner to talk about. You will all see that Turks will stand with Kurds in the hardest of times,andrdquo the president said.

ErdoIanand#39s statements came during the fifth meeting with neighborhood leaders — mukhtars — at the presidential palace on Monday. andldquoKurds are not the only nation in this country.

There are 36 different ethnicities. We gathered them all under the roof of the Republic of Turkey.

What did we say? We said, andlsquoOne state, one flag, one motherland.and#39 Yet, some still resist accepting this and thus keep making the Kurdish problem a current issue.

My Kurdish brothers should not fall into this trap,andrdquo ErdoIan went on.

Although there is an ongoing settlement process to resolve the countryand#39s decades-old terrorism problem and Kurdish issue, in a speech he delivered in the Aegean province of BalIkesir on Sunday where he attended a series of ceremonies, ErdoIan stated that Turkey did not have the problem often referred to as the Kurdish issue.

andldquoMy brothers, there has never been any problem called the Kurdish issue in this country. Yet, there are intentional efforts to keep this on the agenda andhellip We ended it [the problem] in a speech I made in DiyarbakIr in 2005 and that is it.

My Kurdish citizens could have problems,andrdquo he said.

In a speech he delivered on Aug.

12, 2005, ErdoIan, who was the prime minister at the time, had acknowledged for the first time, on behalf of the Turkish state, that Turkey had a problem often referred to as the Kurdish issue. He had pledged that Turkey would seek to resolve the issue through peaceful and democratic means.

ErdoIan also spoke on Monday about Saturdayand#39s Nevruz celebrations in DiyarbakIr during which the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workersand#39 Party (PKK) in a written message renewed his call for the PKK to hold a congress to stop the armed fight against Turkey, saying he was happy to see that people were enjoying Nevruz throughout the country. andldquoI hope that God will take us to a new spring.

If we stand together, no other external power will be able to create bad blood between us,andrdquo ErdoIan stated.

The PKK leader sent a two-page letter to be read at the Nevruz celebrations held in the southeastern city of DiyarbakIr on Saturday as part of the settlement process, which consists of secret talks between andOumlcalan from prison on ImralI Island, and state officials, particularly representatives from the National Intelligence Organization (MIT).

andquotHistory and our people are demanding from us a democratic solution and peace in line with the spirit of the age,andrdquo andOumlcalan said in a letter read out to a crowd of tens of thousands attending Nevruz celebrations.

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h2HDPand#39s Tan: Even ErdoIanand#39s friends say enough to his destructive rhetorich2

Pro-Kurdish Peoplesand#39 Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Altan Tan in a press conference held in Parliament on Monday said that President Recep Tayyip ErdoIanand#39s conflicts and verbal assaults on everyone, including some in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) with whom he worked when he was prime minister, are disliked, as his rhetoric is creating an environment of clashes and tension in Turkey.

Reiterating the fact that people living in southeast Turkey, which is largely populated by people of Kurdish ethnicity, are fed up with the protracted Kurdish settlement process, Tan noted that if the government does not take concrete steps in the settlement process it will hurt the countryand#39s peace and societal harmony. According to Tan, ErdoIan is contradicting the ruling government with his untimely speeches and urged ErdoIan not to make speeches that will negatively affect the ongoing settlement process.

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman