Turkey 'closer' to finalizing solution process: Arinc

Turkey 'closer' to finalizing solution process: Arinc

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has said he will convene a Counter-Terrorism Committee ''soon" for a meeting on the "solution process" in the country.

His comments on Monday came after the Turkish Parliament passed a bill on July 10 providing a legal framework to the ongoing process of ending terrorism in the country and strengthening social integration.

''I would say that we are much closer to a solution at the point we have reached today in this two-year process,'' Arinc said.

The "solution process" began early last year with a ceasefire between the Turkish government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, known by its Kurdish language acronym PKK, which is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey and many of its western allies including the U.S.

The July law was passed by the entire parliament except 36 votes, Arinc said.

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