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Turkey’s Kurdish Peace InitiativeLinked to Syria

Turkey, both to protect itself from the potential negative consequences of regionalization of the Kurdish issue and to remove the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as a threat, had no choice but to seek peace with its own Kurds, writes Kadri Gursel.
A masked man shouts slogans in favour of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas as he waves a scarf with the yellow-red-green Kurdish colours during a pro Kurdish demonstration in downtown Istanbul October 19, 2009. A group of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas is expected to surrender to Turkish military forces on Monday in a gesture of support for Turkey's Kurdish initiative, a PKK official said late on Saturday. Eight fighters from a PKK camp in the Kandil Mountains in northern Iraq will cros
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To reconcile with the Kurdish political movement and solving the Kurdish issue is not an option selected by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government from an array of other choices. Their choice doesn’t offer the luxury of arbitrarily discarding it if things don’t turn out to be as desired.

Compelling regional circumstances that were largely an outcome of the Justice and Development Party’s [AKP] misguided Syrian and Kurdish policies have forced this need for peace and settlement on Erdogan. Such a goal suggests that a peace and solution process is a grand ambition whose noble and ethical aspects cannot be disputed. But beyond that exalted objective, there could well be a “give-and-take” transaction between Erdogan, his AKP rule and the Kurdish movement which is a natural part of politics, offering to the PKK’s imprisoned founding leader Abdullah Ocalan and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party [BDP] the following: “Let’s amend the constitutional articles that impede the solution of the Kurdish issue but in return you support a constitutional amendment that would introduce a Turkish style presidential system.”

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