Expert: PKK disarmament may boost economic development in region

Politics Materials 22 March 2013 14:40 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 22 March / Trend R.Hafizoglu /

The disarmament and departure of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) from the country may give a boost to economic development in the region, Turkish expert Nevzat Cicek told Trend.

According to him, the presence in the region of the terrorist organisation PKK is one of the main obstacles to its economic development.

During the celebration of Nowruz in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir on Thursday, arrested PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan called on the organisation to lay down their arms and leave the country.

Following Ocalan's call, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the PKK leader's statement could benefit the region.

The expert also noted that the region of Anatolia in Turkey is a place of realising a large number of economic projects and in the event of PKK's departure from the country, it will be possible to implement a number of new economic initiatives on this territory.

"Given the PKK leaves the region, Turkey may start implementing economic projects along with neighbouring countries and in particular, Iraq and Syria in the future," Cicek said.

According to him the peace process, in addition to economic projects in the region, may have a positive impact on the country's budget as well. So far, Turkey has spent $300 billion for combating terrorism, Cicek said.

According to him, if the peace treaty is concluded, the funds spent on the fight against terrorism will remain in the budget.