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Kurdistan Workers' Party tries to influence elections in Turkey

Politics Materials 20 May 2011 17:01
All statements made by Kurdish separatist leaders threatening to start a war in Turkey aim to influence the outcome of the parliamentary elections, but there is no reason to aggravate the Kurdish problem, former Turkish intelligence analyst Mahir Kaynak believes.
Kurdistan Workers' Party tries to influence elections in Turkey

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 20 / Trend, A. Taghiyeva /

All statements made by Kurdish separatist leaders threatening to start a war in Turkey aim to influence the outcome of the parliamentary elections, but there is no reason to aggravate the Kurdish problem, former Turkish intelligence analyst Mahir Kaynak believes.

"This is exactly another attempt of the Kurdish leaders to change the progress of events or outcome of parliamentary elections in Turkey," Kaynak told Trend over telephone from Ankara.

The second-in-charge of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Murad Kaprayilan, repeated PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan's threats to start a new war if the Turkish authorities do not satisfy the Kurds' requirements on autonomy and resolve the Kurdish issue.

Previously sentenced to life imprisonment in Turkey, Ocalan sent a warning message through his lawyers to the Turkish authorities, according to CNN Turk.

The message has called June 15 the deadline after which a war will start if Turkey does not begin reasonable negotiations to resolve the Kurdish issue. Ocalan has expressed dissatisfaction with the policy of persecution of Kurds, pursued by Turkey.

Kaynak believes panic will surround th elections due to the possible
aggravation of the Kurdish problem, but afterwards, the situation will be stabilized, he said.

He said the Turkish authorities are not worried about it, because they believe that they have taken all necessary measures to prevent this conflict.

"The Turkish authorities carried out several reforms to improve the social and political life of the country's Kurdish population. There is no reason for aggravation of the Kurdish problem in Turkey," headded.

The next parliamentary elections in Turkey are scheduled for June 12. Erdogan's party has been in power in Turkey since November 2002.

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