Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the so-called process of a democratic solution to the Kurdish problem can not be continued.
The government can not engage in a dialogue with persons supporting terrorists, Erdogan said.
According to the President, a democratic solution to the Kurdish problem was important for Turkey, but unfortunately, a number of terrorist groups took advantage of this process.
Democratic solution to the Kurdish problem involves a process of leaving PKK militants Turkey.
Earlier, some members of the pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party (HDP) demanded the release of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan for the continuation of the truce with the Kurds.
PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was arrested in Kenya on Feb. 15, 1999 and handed over to Turkish authorities. He was imprisoned on the island of Imrali in the Marmara Sea. Initially, he was sentenced to death penalty. However, later the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for over 25 years and claimed over 40,000 lives.
The UN and the EU listed the PKK as a terrorist organization.
The process of a democratic settlement of the Kurdish problem in Turkey kicked off in 2009, following which a part of the PKK militants left the country's territory and moved to the neighboring Iraq.