You still want to believe ErdoIan?

Is President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan a guarantor for, or an impediment blocking the way to, a democratic, peaceful solution for the Kurdish problem? Actually, the irresponsible pronouncements made lately by the president on this topic — and protested by many, even by those from his close circles — have made answering this question easier A brief journey through the president’s conflicting statements on the Kurdish matter over the years might help cast some light on where he does –

Is President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan a guarantor for, or an impediment blocking the way to, a democratic, peaceful solution for the Kurdish problem? Actually, the irresponsible pronouncements made lately by the president on this topic — and protested by many, even by those from his close circles — have made answering this question easier A brief journey through the presidentand#39s conflicting statements on the Kurdish matter over the years might help cast some light on where he does — or doesnand#39t — actually stand on this topic.

In 1991, when ErdoIan was the president of the Istanbul chapter of the Welfare Party (RP), which was forced to shut down, he prepared a report on the Kurdish situation.

He presented this report, which was titled andldquoThe Kurdish Problem and Proposals for Solutions,andrdquo to RP leader Necmettin Erbakan. The report contained some important findings and proposals, the first of which was this: andldquoThe problem we call the Southeast problem is actually a Kurdish problemandrdquo A bit later, the report went on to note: andldquoThe regions we call the East and the Southeast today are areas that lie in a general region that used to be called andlsquoKurdistanand#39.

andrdquo In the report Erdogan supported the idea of creating andldquoregional parliamentsandrdquo as well as of downsizing the central governmentand#39s role in the region. The report also expressed support for the official recognition of Kurdish identity and for offering the opportunity for Kurdish education in the mother tongue.

Erdoganand#39s report was one you could label andldquoboldandrdquo according to the general atmosphere of the timesayszaman20150322207601_newsdetail.jp.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman