Turkish PM hints at solution process headway soon
Turkish prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday the solution process with the outlawed PKK, could make progress towards a roadmap "within months" if all sides played their part, Anadolu Agency reported.
Davutoglu made the remarks in an interview with the Al-Jazeera Arabic TV channel. Turkey's solution or settlement process refers to the Turkish government's efforts launched early last year to secure an end to the decades-long conflict with the terrorist group PKK, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.
When asked about a roadmap in the solution process, the prime minister said: "It may take a short time, maybe within the next few months, to bring the solution process to a desired level, only if all stakeholders do their part."
He added the government would like to conclude the process at the earliest.
"What is important is to keep the schedule of the process properly working without any ethnic conflicts in Turkey," he said.
Davutoglu said the Turkish government was taking all steps necessary to conclude the process and was resolute to take more steps, if need be. But, he added, that all sides must demonstrate the same level of commitment.
"It is essential for us to see that other stakeholders also take the same steps with similar a commitment to ensure a healthy process," he added.
The prime minister emphasized all sides must agree on the need to preserve the public order and stability in Turkey.
"We were thinking that we could have brought the solution process to a conclusion earlier if it weren't for the recent developments in Syria and Iraq," he said.
He emphasized on the government's determination to complete the process as soon as possible.
Turkey's two southern neighbors, Iraq and Syria, have been under attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or the ISIL group, which is said to have seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.
Earlier this month, deadly and "illegal" pro-Kurdish protests broke out in Turkey, ostensibly held to show solidarity with Syria's ISIL-besieged Kurdish-populated town of Kobani.
The protesters took to streets across Turkey, under the pretext that the Turkish government was allegedly doing nothing to halt the advance of extremists pouring into Kobani. The protests left at least 36 people and two policemen dead along with scores of vehicles, state buildings, party offices and shops damaged.